In a Pure Muslim Land : Shi'ism Between Pakistan and the Middle East

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  • Author(s): Simon Wolfgang Fuchs
  • Series:
    Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks
  • Publication Information:
    Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press. 2019
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      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      Centering Pakistan in a story of transnational Islam stretching from South Asia to the Middle East, Simon Wolfgang Fuchs offers the first in-depth ethnographic history of the intellectual production of Shi'is and their religious competitors in this'Land of the Pure.'The notion of Pakistan as the pinnacle of modern global Muslim aspiration forms a crucial component of this story. It has empowered Shi'is, who form about twenty percent of the country's population, to advance alternative conceptions of their religious hierarchy while claiming the support of towering grand ayatollahs in Iran and Iraq. Fuchs shows how popular Pakistani preachers and scholars have boldly tapped into the esoteric potential of Shi'ism, occupying a creative and at times disruptive role as brokers, translators, and self-confident pioneers of contemporary Islamic thought. They have indigenized the Iranian Revolution and formulated their own ideas for fulfilling the original promise of Pakistan. Challenging typical views of Pakistan as a mere Shi'i backwater, Fuchs argues that its complex religious landscape represents how a local, South Asian Islam may open up space for new intellectual contributions to global Islam. Yet religious ideology has also turned Pakistan into a deadly battlefield: sectarian groups since the 1980s have been bent on excluding Shi'is as harmful to their own vision of an exemplary Islamic state.
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      9781469649788. 9781469649795. 9781469649818.
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      1089254294
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      2041428
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      SIMON WOLFGANG FUCHS. In a Pure Muslim Land : Shi’ism Between Pakistan and the Middle East. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2019. ISBN 9781469649788. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=2041428&custid=s3443875. Acesso em: 25 out. 2020.
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      Simon Wolfgang Fuchs. In a Pure Muslim Land : Shi’ism Between Pakistan and the Middle East. The University of North Carolina Press; 2019. Accessed October 25, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=2041428&custid=s3443875
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      Simon Wolfgang Fuchs. (2019). In a Pure Muslim Land : Shi’ism Between Pakistan and the Middle East. The University of North Carolina Press.
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      Simon Wolfgang Fuchs. 2019. In a Pure Muslim Land : Shi’ism Between Pakistan and the Middle East. Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=2041428&custid=s3443875.
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      Simon Wolfgang Fuchs (2019) In a Pure Muslim Land : Shi’ism Between Pakistan and the Middle East. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=2041428&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 25 October 2020).
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      Simon Wolfgang Fuchs 2019, In a Pure Muslim Land : Shi’ism Between Pakistan and the Middle East, Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, viewed 25 October 2020, .
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      Simon Wolfgang Fuchs. In a Pure Muslim Land : Shi’ism Between Pakistan and the Middle East. The University of North Carolina Press, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=2041428&custid=s3443875.
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      Simon Wolfgang Fuchs. In a Pure Muslim Land : Shi’ism Between Pakistan and the Middle East. Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=2041428&custid=s3443875.
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      Simon Wolfgang Fuchs. In a Pure Muslim Land : Shi’ism Between Pakistan and the Middle East [Internet]. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press; 2019 [cited 2020 Oct 25]. (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=2041428&custid=s3443875

Reviews

PW Reviews 2019 February #2

In this dense but rewarding work, Fuchs (Proper Signposts for the Camp), lecturer in Islamic and Middle East studies at the University of Freiburg, challenges common assumptions about Shi'i Muslims, focusing less on Iran and more on Pakistan to tell a story of conversations and tensions between scholars and practitioners in South Asia and the Middle East. When most people think of Shi'i Muslims, Fuchs writes, they think of Iranian Revolution, but he argues that Pakistan is now home to an equally vibrant Shi'i political and judicial culture. He makes the case that a wider Shi'i religious landscape emerged after the Iranian revolution, arguing that lessons of the revolution—including how Pakistani scholars wrestled with and implemented Ayatollah Khomeini's concept of vilayat-i faqih (guardianship or rule by a jurist)—were translated into South Asian Shi'i politics and theology through the vociferous, and often sectarian, discussions and debates between popular Islamic scholars in the region. Some individuals stand out from the mass of details, such as Ihsan Ilahi Zahir, a Pakistani theologian and anti-Shi'i sectarian who was killed during a bombing in 1987. Dense in its delivery, this text is not for those without some knowledge of Shiism, South Asia, and the Muslim world. Those who wade into the depth of Fuchs's impeccable scholarship will find a nuanced picture of the debate in Pakistan about the ideal Muslim state in the modern world. (Apr.)

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