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

Simon Wolfgang Fuchs


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 ... More

Keywords: Pakistan, Shi‘ism, Iranian Revolution, sectarianism, religious authority, ayatollahs, transnational Islam, Middle East

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469649795
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649795.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Wolfgang Fuchs, author
University of Freiburg