Farhat Haq sits down for a discussion with SherAli Tareen on a podcast about her recent book publication, "Shariʿa and the State in Pakistan." Farhat talks about the history of blasphemy politics in Pakistan and how discourse has shifted over the recent decades. Blasphemy politics in Pakistan remains an intricacy that is difficult to characterize into any one narrative or conceptual framing.
This article from Andrew Amstutz explores the role of the Buddhist past in Pakistan following the 1947 Partition of Ancient India. The article examines shifts in museum exhibits and archaeological guides from 1950 to 1969 and highlights the struggle of Pakistani historians to create a unified national history for Pakistan as a way to differentiate itself from India.
Christopher Finnigan offers a summary on the research project of Andrew Amstutz relating to Buddhism and Pakistan's engagement with its Buddhist history. Amstutz's ongoing research examines how museums in particular have played a crucial role in the development of Buddhist historical narratives in Pakistan.
Following several meetings with senior religious scholars including the four Grand Ayatollahs based in Najaf, Iraq, Hassan Abbas discusses the succession of 89-year-old Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani. Abbas reflects on his meeting with al-Sistani and gives a brief summary of the impact the Grand Ayatollah has had on the Shiite-majority Iraq.
Jennifer Dubrow examines the role of Urdu poetry in the current protests against India's Citizenship Amendment Act. Pakistani Marxist poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz and his poem "Hum Dekhenge" have served as a rallying cry in protests in India and abroad against the Citizen Amendment Act which seeks to propose a religious basis for citizenship for refugees entering India from neighboring countries.