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SEMINAR: CMSS Public Seminar: Blasphemy in Pakistan

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Blasphemy in Pakistan: a spectacle of piety Sana Ashraf, PhD candidate, Australian National University

Blasphemy allegations in Pakistan in recent years have led to a student getting lynched on a university campus, neighborhoods getting burnt down by angry mobs, and a governor getting killed by his own security guard, among other similar incidents. Pakistan inherited the clauses concerning 'Offences Related to Religion' from the British government that criminalized insult to any religion in colonial India. However, in the 1980s, the military dictator General Zia-ul-Huq introduced laws exclusively protecting the sentiments of Muslim majority of Pakistan. Consequently, there have been more than 1500 recorded incidents of accusations, and at least 75 of the accused have been killed by mobs or individuals between 1987 and 2017.

The seminar will explore the issues related to blasphemy in Pakistan and its significance for the wider socio-political and moral landscape of the nation.


Sana Ashraf is a final year PhD candidate at The School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University. She has been researching the socio-cultural context of blasphemy-related violence in Pakistan since 2012. She has conducted 14 months of fieldwork in Pakistan for her research and has presented at various international forums.
Speaker(s) Sana Ashraf, Australian National University
Location Economics and Commerce Conference Room,Room 3.73, 3rd floor. Old Economics & Commerce Building (Bldg 351).
Contact The Centre for Muslim States and Societies <[email protected]> : 0417800303
Start Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:00
End Wed, 05 Sep 2018 15:30
Submitted by The Centre <[email protected]>
Last Updated Thu, 30 Aug 2018 11:02
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