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Year: 2014 Type: Book Chapter Language: English

This chapter explores the impact that the Wahabi dars or teaching practice had on women’s lives in Pakistan. It draws on a study, undertaken simultaneously in Lahore and Dhaka, that sought to examine both discursive and spatial arrangements of the dars in order to understand what was drawing large numbers of women to these meetings, track the process of change from traditional practice and eclecticism of popular Islam to the certitudes and rigidities of the dars discourse and to mark the moments that initiated the move, if any, from acceptance of the status quo towards the possibility of choice and exercise of agency as a result of this engagement.

Using a participatory approach comprising questionnaire-based interviews, life histories, focus group discussions, random cross class conversations and observations at social gatherings, the research team interviewed about a 100 women. 

Resource is unavailable online, but can be viewed at the British Library of Development Studies in Brighton, www.blds.ids.ac.uk.

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