Politics of Desecularization

Law and the Minority Question in Pakistan

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Sadia Saeed
Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics
  • Cambridge, England: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , January
     2017.
     284 pages.
     $85.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781107140035.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Mubbashir Rizvi forthcoming.

Description

The movement away from secularist practices and toward political Islam is a prominent trend across Muslim polities. Yet this shift remains under-theorized. Why do modern Muslim polities adopt policies that explicitly cater to religious sensibilities? How are these encoded in law and with what effects? Sadia Saeed addresses these questions through examining shifts in Pakistan's official state policies toward the rights of religious minorities, in particular the controversial Ahmadiyya community. Looking closely at the 'Ahmadi question', Saeed develops a framework for conceptualizing and explaining modern desecularization processes that emphasizes the critical role of nation-state formation, political majoritarianism, and struggles between 'secularist' and 'religious' ideologues in evolving political and legal fields. The book demonstrates that desecularization entails instituting new understandings of religion through processes and justifications that are quintessentially modern.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Sadia Saeed is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco.

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