This article proposes an analytical framework for thinking about violence in the Islami Jamiati- Tuleba (IJT), the student organization of Jamaat e Islami (JI) Pakistan’s longstanding Islamist party. It prioritises the intersection of the psychic and the social, and the role of politics, history and biography in mediating the modalities, narration and praxis of violence in the city of Karachi. The dominant explanations tend to emphasise political instrumentalism, and structural and ideological factors, and to “Islamicise” the violence, collapsing Islamic rhetoric into an extemporization of conditions, ignoring the deep affective appeal of violence to individuals, and leaving unelaborated the role of intersecting national, local and individual contexts and temporalities in structuring political subjectivity and violent action.
- Political violence
- Islami Jamiat-i-Tuleba