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South and Southeast Asia

Paul Marshall and Nina Shea

in Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199812264
eISBN:
9780199919383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812264.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Chapter Nine, “South and South East Asia,” covers Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Maldives. The Maldives bans all religion except Sunni Islam and has used religious restrictions to crack ... More


Religious Minorities and the Anxieties of an Islamic Identity in Pakistan

Muhammad Qasim Zaman

in Formations of Belief: Historical Approaches to Religion and the Secular

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691190754
eISBN:
9780691194165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691190754.003.0011
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter focuses on contemporary Pakistan, now entangled in sectarian strife, though this was not always so. There were religious minorities: the Ahmadis and Shiʻites. The former were heterodox ... More


Far from the Caliph's Gaze: Being Ahmadi Muslim in the Holy City of Qadian

Nicholas H. A. Evans

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501715686
eISBN:
9781501715716
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501715686.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

How do you prove that you're Muslim? This is not a question that most believers ever have to ask themselves, and yet for members of India's Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, it poses an existential ... More


Religious Minorities and the Anxieties of an Islamic Identity

Muhammad Qasim Zaman

in Islam in Pakistan: A History

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691149226
eISBN:
9781400889747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149226.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter focuses on two Muslim minorities, the Ahmadis and the Shi`a, and some of the contestations around their position in the state. How these communities have fared in Pakistan is part of the ... More


Introduction: A Troubled Relationship with Truth

Nicholas H. A. Evans

in Far from the Caliph’s Gaze: Being Ahmadi Muslim in the Holy City of Qadian

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501715686
eISBN:
9781501715716
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501715686.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. This organization—which is spread across two hundred countries—claims to have “tens of millions” of followers and ... More


The History of the Ahmadi-Caliph Relationship

Nicholas H. A. Evans

in Far from the Caliph's Gaze: Being Ahmadi Muslim in the Holy City of Qadian

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501715686
eISBN:
9781501715716
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501715686.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses the distinctive theology of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, before exploring the historical processes through which the Ahmadi–caliph relationship became the dominant mode by which members ... More


An Enchanting Bureaucracy

Nicholas H. A. Evans

in Far from the Caliph's Gaze: Being Ahmadi Muslim in the Holy City of Qadian

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501715686
eISBN:
9781501715716
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501715686.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

This chapter details how, as a result of the historical processes described in the previous chapter, life in Qadian is now dominated by the administrative system of the Ahmadiyya Jamaʻat. This system ... More


A Failure to Doubt?: Polemics and Sectarianism in Qadian

Nicholas H. A. Evans

in Far from the Caliph's Gaze: Being Ahmadi Muslim in the Holy City of Qadian

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501715686
eISBN:
9781501715716
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501715686.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the unexpected ways in which Ahmadis partake in the culture of sectarian disputation between Muslim sects in South Asia. Much sectarian disputation between Muslim sects in South ... More


Prayer Duels to the Death: The Mubahala

Nicholas H. A. Evans

in Far from the Caliph's Gaze: Being Ahmadi Muslim in the Holy City of Qadian

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501715686
eISBN:
9781501715716
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501715686.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

This chapter analyzes what appears to be a drastic last-resort attempt to prove Muslim identity in the form of an open challenge to all opponents issued by the fourth caliph in 1988. This was the ... More


Televising Islam: The Aesthetics of the Caliphate

Nicholas H. A. Evans

in Far from the Caliph's Gaze: Being Ahmadi Muslim in the Holy City of Qadian

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501715686
eISBN:
9781501715716
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501715686.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explores how Qadian's Ahmadis attempt to inscribe their Muslimness in the world through the cultivation of an exemplary aesthetic of universal devotion to the caliph. Since the creation ... More


Conclusion: The Problem with Proof

Nicholas H. A. Evans

in Far from the Caliph's Gaze: Being Ahmadi Muslim in the Holy City of Qadian

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501715686
eISBN:
9781501715716
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501715686.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

This concluding chapter presents the idea that Ahmadis' worries over manifesting and demonstrating truth often give rise to what can be described as counterfeit proofs, which simultaneously prove and ... More


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