SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Pakistan: History, Culture, Islam

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2018/19
1 unit
The course will consider the history, politics and culture of Pakistan, including the role of Islam in the state. Beginning with an examination of the major cultural contexts of South Asian Islam, the course will consider the major nineteenth- and early twentieth-century developments in Islamic thought and praxis in South Asia that have importance for the subsequent history of Pakistan. The core of the course will concentrate on developments since the founding of Pakistan in 1947: history, politics, relations between Islam and the state, the writings of Islamic thinkers on the nature of Pakistan and the rise of sectarian contestation and violence. The course will also examine culture and cultural production in and about Pakistan


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); one essay of 3,500 words to be submitted on the last day of term 1 (20%); one essay of 3,500 words to be submitted on the last day of term 2 (20%).

Suggested reading

A comprehensive reading list will be made available to students at the beginning of the course.


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