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Pakistan: A Kaleidoscope of Islam

Mariam Abou Zahab


This book brings together two sets of articles and book chapters by the late author, an extraordinary scholar of Islam in South Asia. The first part of the volume examines Shia–Sunni relations in Pakistan, while the second concerns violent Islamism in the country, covering both the Talibanisation of the Pashtun belt and the jihadi dimension of South Asian Salafism. The book explores the many reasons why Pakistan has been the crucible of political Islam. It offers a historical view of this development, factoring in the impact of colonialism and conflict, including the Soviet–Afghan War and the ... More

Keywords: Islam, South Asia, Shia–Sunni relations, Pakistan, Islamism, political Islam, Soviet–Afghan War, post-9/11, Western military operations, Afghanistan

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197534595
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197534595.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mariam Abou Zahab, author

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Christophe Jaffrelot

Part One Militant Sunnism and Shiism in Pakistan

Part Two Sectarianism: The Shia/Sunni Conflict In Pakistan

Part Three Talibanisation and Jihad in the Pashtun Belt and the Punjab

Part Four Transnational Jihadi-Sunni Sectarian Convergences

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