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Muslim Becoming : Aspiration And Skepticism In Pakistan
Author: Naveeda Khan
ISBN: 9788125046622
Binding: Hard Cover
Publishing Year: 2012
Publisher: Orient Blackswan
Number of Pages: 260
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In Muslim Becoming, Naveeda Khan challenges the claim that Pakistan''s relation to Islam is fragmented and problematic. Offering a radically different interpretation, Khan contends that Pakistan inherited an aspirational, always-becoming Islam, one with an open future and a tendency toward experimentation. For the individual, this aspirational tendency manifests in a continual striving to be a better Muslim. It is grounded in the thought of Muhammad Iqbal (1877–1938), the poet, philosopher, and politician considered the spiritual founder of Pakistan. Khan finds that Iqbal provided the philosophical basis for recasting Islam as an open religion with possible futures as yet unrealized, which he did in part through his engagement with the French philosopher Henri Bergson. Drawing on research in the neighborhoods and mosques of Lahore and on readings of theological polemics, legal history, and Urdu literature, Khan points to striving throughout Pakistani society: in prayers, theological debates, the building of mosques, readings of the Qur''an, and religious pilgrimages. Emphasizing skepticism toward the practices of others that accompanies aspiration, Khan seeks to affirm aspiration while also acknowledging its capacity for violence. This book would be of interest to scholars and students of anthropology, politics, religion, Islamic Studies and postcolonial studies.
About Author
Naveeda Khan is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University.
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