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Governance of Islam in Pakistan

An Institutional Study of the Council of Islamic Ideology

Sarah Holz holds a PhD in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She was DAAD-Long Term Guest Professor at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan. She specialised in formal and informal governance processes and structures in Pakistan. Sarah is also interested in debates about de-colonising and de-centring research methodologies.


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Asian & Asian American Studies


Modern states increasingly seek to regulate religious expression, practice and discourse. This is profoundly evident at many levels of Islamic policy interaction: from debates about the banning of the Muslim face-veil in Europe to civic re-education programmes for Muslim citizens in China. Governance of Islam in Pakistan provides a systematic account of how interactions between multiple public and private bodies direct the regulation and standardisation of Islam in one of the largest Muslim-majority states in the world. Analysis centres on the institutional development of the Council of Islamic Ideology, a constitutional body tasked with issuing advice to the executive and legislature about the compatibility of laws with Islamic principles. Based on archival material that has been subject to little scholarly attention, and interviews with Council members and staff of other state bodies, Sarah Holz proposes governance as an analytical framework to study the negotiation of religious expression, practice and discourse. In contrast to the established Islamisation narrative which generally labels such religious institutions as mere rubberstamps in the process of policy-making, the study of governance offers an alternative approach that enables examination of the dynamic competition and cooperation among multiple actors. Through collective interaction the Council and other relevant bodies are active players in the governance of Islam. Insights gained from analysis of the ideational, structural and functional evolution of the Council offers a Global South perspective on liberal democratic ideas about the functionality of the modern state and its institutional structure. Issues of economic, cultural and local/international political influence bear strongly in governance analysis. Engagement with the governance policy tool has applicability across the social sciences, but is particularly relevant for South Asian/Near and Middle East Studies.


Hardback ISBN: 978-1-78976-052-1
Hardback Price: £85.00 / $99.95
Release Date: March 2021
Page Extent / Format: 340 pp. 234 x 156 mm
Illustrated: Yes
   

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