The Ahmadis: Community, Gender, and Politics in a Muslim Society

The Ahmadis: Community, Gender, and Politics in a Muslim Society
Published:
August 26th 2004 by McGill-Queen's University Press
Goodreads Rating:
3.80
Pages:
200
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ISBN10:
0773527389
ISBN13:
9780773527386

Ahmadi Muslims are in a minority wherever they live. They are strongly committed to supernatural revelation and governance by the divine. They maintain exacting standards of authority, family life, and relations between the sexes.

They are despised by Muslim fundamentalists. They have endured hostility, imprisonment, and mob violence. However, in this sequel to his previous work with the Ahmadi, Gualtieri (religion emeritus, Carlton U.) finds they seek to maintain their identity and remain apart, even amongst the Sunni in Pakistan. Gualtieri includes new interviews with elders, families, and women seeking education, examines the conditions of Ahmadi communities after 9/11, and their continued rejection of modernity in any aspect of their lives. He also examines some of the charges their enemies have leveled at them, including Zionism, and the very limited hope that they ever be allowed a state of their own in Pakistan as an indigenous people. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR