Ahmadi and Christian Socio-Political Responses to Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws: A Comparison, Contrast and Critique with Special Reference to the Christian Church in Pakistan

Ahmadi and Christian Socio-Political Responses to Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws: A Comparison, Contrast and Critique with Special Reference to the Christian Church in Pakistan

by Qaiser Julius

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Overview

The roots of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws can be traced back to the British colonial rule in India, but their harsher clauses were added to the Pakistan Penal Code during a wave of intense Islamization in the 1980s. Everyone in Pakistan is threatened by the misuse of these laws, even Muslims; however a disproportionate number of victims targeted by these laws have come from two minority groups, the Ahmadis and Christians. Dr Qaiser Julius focuses on how these two groups have been affected by Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, their different reactions to these laws, and more specifically, why they are responding differently despite living under the same circumstances. In this well-structured and understandable study, Julius provides a valuable tool for Christians to understand what it means to be a minority in a hostile culture. This thorough analysis presents a way forward for the Christian church in Pakistan, providing hope amidst the discrimination and persecution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783683291
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 09/30/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 372
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

QAISER JULIUS earned his PhD from Melbourne School of Theology, Melbourne, Australia. He is the director of Open Theological Seminary, Lahore, Pakistan, and the Pakistan country coordinator for Langham Preaching.

Table of Contents

Abstract

Acknowledgements

Transliteration Scheme from Urdu/Arabic into English

Abbreviations

Introduction

The Research Issue, Methodology and Structure

PART I: BACKGROUND

Chapter 1: The Development of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

Chapter 2: A Theological Analysis of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws in the Light of Islamic Sharía

Chapter 3: The Design Flaws in Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws from a Legal Perspective

PART II: EXPERIENCE

Chapter 4: Ahmadis and Christians in the Minority Context of Pakistan

Chapter 5: The Experience of Christians and Ahmadis under Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

PART III: RESPONSE

Chapter 6: An Exploration and Comparative Analysis of Christian and Ahmadi Responses to Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

Chapter 7: Theological and Contextual Reflections on the Christian Response to Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

Chapter 8: Conclusion: A Way Forward for the Christian Church in Pakistan

Glossary

Bibliography

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