Time and fantasy in narratives of jihad: the case of the Islami Jamiat-i-Tuleba in Karachi

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-248
Number of pages8
JournalHuman Affairs
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010

Keywords

  • Political violence
  • Pakistan
  • Islami Jamiat-i-Tuleba
  • life-history
  • fantasy
  • Jihad

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