Sectarianism and the politics of Shii ritual in contemporary Pakistan
This seminar focuses on popular piety among Pakistan’s Twelver Shii community, and on the politics of public ritual in relation to international reformist movements and mounting sectarianism in the country.
Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, Dr. Paul Rollier documents the renewed vitality of local heterodox practices and challenge the presumed influence of transnational Shii clerical networks in shaping the theological and political orientation of Pakistani Shias. Finally Rollier reflects on the escalating level of violence against Shias in the country and on its relationship to sectarian conflicts in the Middle-East.
Dr. Paul Rollier is Assistant professor in South Asian Studies School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of St. Gallen