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Political-Social Movements: Islamist Movements and Discourses: Pakistan
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Pakistan is part of a region where the sense of the spiritual is palpably present in ordinary people's lives. Islam is the shared identity of an otherwise heterogeneous, multiethnic, and multilingual country. Islam provides community, ethics, morality, and rituals, understood and practiced in myriad ways, not all of which are accepted by high, scripturalist Islam. Islam is a living oral spiritual tradition, an essential part of women's lives; they understand it in ways that help them make sense…

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Anwar, Ghazala, “Political-Social Movements: Islamist Movements and Discourses: Pakistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0130e>
First published online: 2009

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