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Barelvi Political Activism and Religious Mobilisation in Pakistan: The Case of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan
Mr Abdul Basit Senior Associate Fellow
Mr Abdul Basit
This is a peer-reviewed journal article published in Politics, Religion and Ideology on 30 August 2020. It explores the evolution and political activism of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), a religio-political group, from a protest movement to a political party, while retaining its character as a movement. Consequently, TLP has a hybrid structure where the lines between the movement and party are blurred. TLP, in the last few years, has asserted itself in Pakistan’s political-religious arena by championing the cause of Khatm-e-Nabuwat (finality of Muhammad’s prophethood) and Namoos-e-Risalat (honour of the Prophet Muhammad). As a movement, TLP uses protests and agitation to shape the political agenda, while utilizing the political structures to demand or block policies deemed detrimental to its religious interests. The emergence of TLP is a by-product of post-9/11 religio-political developments in Pakistan and the changing patterns of state patronage towards religious groups.
|Theme:||Religion in Contemporary Society / Terrorism Studies|