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This article was downloaded by: [141.214.17.222] On: 08 November 2014, At: 09:29 Publisher: Routledge Informa Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registered office: Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK Third World Quarterly Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information: Contested Identities: gendered politics, gendered religion in Pakistan Farida Shaheed a a Shirkat Gah—Women's Resource Centre , 68 Tipu Block, New Garden Town, Lahore, 54600, Pakistan Published online: 15 Sep 2010. To cite this article: Farida Shaheed (2010) Contested Identities: gendered politics, gendered religion in Pakistan, Third World Quarterly, 31:6, 851-867, DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2010.502710 To link to this article: PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLE Taylor & Francis makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all the information (the “Content”) contained in the publications on our platform. However, Taylor & Francis, our agents, and our licensors make no representations or warranties whatsoever as to the accuracy, completeness, or suitability for any purpose of the Content. Any opinions and views expressed in this publication are the opinions and views of the authors, and are not the views of or endorsed by Taylor & Francis. The accuracy of the Content should not be relied upon and should be independently verified with primary sources of information. Taylor and Francis shall not be liable for any losses, actions, claims, proceedings, demands, costs, expenses, damages, and other liabilities whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with, in relation to or arising out of the use of the Content. This article may be used for research, teaching, and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, redistribution, reselling, loan, sub-licensing, systematic supply, or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden. Terms & Conditions of access and use can be found at
Contested Identities: gendered politics, gendered religion in Pakistan FARIDA SHAHEED A BSTRACT In Pakistan, the self-serving use of Islam by more secular elements alongside politico-religious ones facilitated the latter’s increasing influence and the conflation and intricate interweaving of Islam and Pakistani nationhood. A paradigm shift under Zia’s martial law revamped society as much as state laws, producing both religiously defined militias and aligned civil society groups. Examining the impact on women of fusing religion and politics, this paper argues that women become symbolic markers of appropriated territory in the pursuit of state power, and that the impact of such fusing, different for differently situated women, needs to be gauged in societal terms as well as in terms of state dynamics. Questioning the positing of civil society as a self- evident progressive desideratum, the paper concludes that gender equality projects seeking reconfigurations of power cannot be effective without vigorously competing in the creation of knowledge, culture and identity.

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