CONSTRUCTING A NATIONAL RELIGIOUS IDENTITY
STUDY OF JUDICIAL DECISIONS FOR CONTROLLING MUSLIM SHRINES IN PAKISTAN
This article studies the judicial decisions regarding the controlling of the Muslim shrines by the Auqaf Department of Pakistan in order to unearth the state’s intent to align the localized with the national religious “rationality”. Dwelling on the judicial interpretive process regarding the rulings of the Supreme Court against the two most popular shrines of Punjab; Shah Daula Daryai of Gujrat and Data Ganj Bakhsh Sahib (Ali Makhdoom Hajvery) of Lahore, it highlights the judicial “rationality” directed towards establishing the Singular / national Islam distanced from the customary localized religious practices.
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