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The Shias of Pakistan: An Assertive and Beleaguered Minority

Andreas Rieck


The Shia minority accounts for some 15 per cent of the population of Pakistan. Indian Shias, whose historical development is examined in the first two chapters, have played a prominent role in Muslim intellectual and political movements which culminated in the establishment of Pakistan in 1947. This book deals mainly with three aspects of Shi’ism in Pakistan: first, the activities of individuals and organisations who can be termed “Shia communalists” and who have assertively defended both the distinct identity and full equal rights of the Shia minority whenever they perceived those to be in da ... More

Keywords: Shia communalists, Shia minority, equal rights, Pakistan, Shia Ulama, Shia religious doctrines, sectarianism, violence against Shias, Sunni majority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190240967
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190240967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas Rieck, author