This book analyses the formulation, interpretation and implementation of sharia in Pakistan and its relationship with the Pakistani state whilst addressing the complexity of sharia as a codified set of laws.
Drawing on insights from Islamic studies, anthropology and legal studies to examine the interactions between ideas, institutions and political actors that have enabled blasphemy laws to become the site of continuous controversy, this book furthers the readers' understanding of Pakistani politics and presents the transformation of sharia from a pluralistic religious precepts to a set of rigid laws. Using new materials, including government documents and Urdu language newspapers, the author contextualises the larger political debate within Pakistan and utilises a comparative and historical framework to weave descriptions of various events with discussions on sharia and blasphemy.
A contribution to the growing body of literature, which explores the role of state in shaping the religion and religious politics in Muslim-majority countries, this book will be of interest to academics working on South Asian Politics, Political Islam, Sharia Law, and the relationship of Religion and the State.
Farhat Haq is Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science at Monmouth College, USA. Her research interests include ethnic politics, gender and politics, Islam and Human Rights and militarism and motherhood.
1 A Tale of Two Saints: The Politics of Blasphemy in Pakistan; 2 Blasphemy, Apostasy and Heresy and the Politics of Outrage; 3 Debating Blasphemy: Sharia and the Constitution; 4 Sacralizing the State and Secularizing Sharia: Islamic Politics in the Age of the Nation-State; 5 The Administrative State Chasing the Goldilocks Moment: The Conundrums of a Muslim Nation-State; 6 The Fatigue of the Sharia and Contemporary Muslim Politics