Pakistan - The Instrumentalization of Islam

Political Manipulation of Islamic Theology in Pakistani History

By John O'Brien

This book studies Islam's place in Pakistani history and how it has been continually exploited by successive regimes. Using Islam as a final political argument weakened it as a basis of national integration. Playing the Islamic card led to ever increasing Islamist demands. Jihadists violently vied to uphold 'true Islam', often by targeting minorities. Such self-serving political manipulation is deconstructed in reflection on key theological debates in Islam. Dr. John O'Brien is a Spiritan priest. He first went to Pakistan in 1977 and has engaged in pastoral, educational and development projects among marginalized minorities while continuing a dialogue with Islam. (Series: Contributions to Mission Science / Intercultural Theology; Beitr?ge zur Missionswissenschaft / Interkulturellen Theologie - Vol. 35) [Subject: Islamic Studies, Middle East Studies, History, Politics]

Publication Date: 11/25/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783643907011