Pakistan and the struggle for ‘real’ Islam
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Since the terrorist attacks on the United States on 11 September, Pakistan has experienced an open struggle between liberal and orthodox Islam. While President Musharraf has promoted a moderate interpretation of Islam and its place in Pakistan’s domestic and foreign policy, the orthodox groups have insisted on realising the country’s ‘true’ identity as an Islamic state. This struggle, which also has implications for the US ‘War on Terrorism’, raises a number of questions about the place of Islam in Pakistan. Is the struggle between liberal and orthodox Islam a new phenomenon in Pakistan, or does it represent the continuation of trends apparent in the past? What factors account for the origin and continuation of this struggle? Is the struggle drawn along the lines of the state and the civil society, or is the picture a mixed one? What is the future of Islam as an instrument of political legitimacy in Pakistan?