Muslim Becoming: Aspiration and Skepticism in Pakistan

By: Naveeda Khan

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In Muslim Becoming, Naveeda Khan challenges the claim that Pakistan''s relation to Islam is fragmented and problematic. Offering a radically different interpretation, Khan contends that Pakistan inherited an aspirational, always-becoming Islam, one with an open future and a tendency toward experimentation. For the individual, this aspirational tendency manifests in a continual striving to be a better Muslim. It is grounded in the thought of Muhammad Iqbal (1877–1938), the poet, philosopher, and politician considered the spiritual founder of Pakistan. Khan finds that Iqbal provided the philosophical basis for recasting Islam as an open religion with possible futures as yet unrealized, which he did in part through his engagement with the French philosopher Henri Bergson. Drawing on research in the neighborhoods and mosques of Lahore and on readings of theological polemics, legal history, and Urdu literature, Khan points to striving throughout Pakistani society: in prayers, theological debates, the building of mosques, readings of the Qur''an, and religious pilgrimages. Emphasizing skepticism toward the practices of others that accompanies aspiration, Khan seeks to affirm aspiration while also acknowledging its capacity for violence.Printed Pages: 276.

Title: Muslim Becoming: Aspiration and Skepticism in Pakistan

Author Name: Naveeda Khan

Categories: India, Islam,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan: 2012

ISBN: 8125046623

ISBN 13: 9788125046622

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 101774

Keywords: Muslim Becoming: Aspiration and Skepticism in Pakistan Naveeda Khan