Mashal Saif: “Pakistan’s Shi’a Scholars and the Specter of Violence”

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April 18, 2013 @ 6:30 pm
April 18, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005
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301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Pakistani FlagPakistanti Shi’as are massacred daily due to their sectarian affiliations. Based on fieldwork conducted in Pakistan, Mashal Saif asserts that Pakistan’s traditional Shi’a scholars are shaped by this experience and haunted by the specter of this violence.

Mashal Saif is a PhD candidate in the Department of Religion at Duke. She is currently working on her dissertation which examines how traditional Muslim Scholars contest tradition and authority in post 9/11 Pakistan. Her research interests include Islam in contemporary South Asia, the trans-temporal dynamics between medieval and modern Islamic discourses and shifts in legal religions imaginaries.

This event is part of the Islam in the Global Context Speaker Series. Sponsored by the Carolina Seminar on Comparative Islamic Studies.



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