Universität Erfurt

Professur für Islamwissenschaft

Muhammad Yasir Ali Khan: Sectarian Discourse in Pakistan: A Case Study of District Jhang (1979-1999)

Contact Information

Dept. of Religious Studies 
University of Erfurt 
Room: LG 4 / E 38
Nordhäuser Straße 63
99089 Erfurt, Germany

Research Interests

History of sectarianism and sectarian discourse in Islam
Cultural aspects of religious development
Comparative study of public religion

Doctoral Work

Sectarianism has become a significant aspect of the religious development. Sects owe their existence on the basis of difference of opinion regarding the belief structure and the understanding of religion in practice. Sectarianism emerges as a result of absolute claims of truth by one particular sect rejecting the rest. This phenomenon has been observed in most of the religions on the globe. Sectarianism, being based on the difference of opinion, involves multiple factors in its developments. These divisive factors include theology, political issues, economic conditions, and different social and cultural positions. This trend has exhibited itself differently with the variation of time and space. Its relative position inspires examination and investigation of its development under different conditions of time and circumstances by using multiple tools of academic inquiry. Muslims are divided into sects on the basis of the above-mentioned factors. Pakistan, since its inception, has been experiencing various trends in sectarianism ranging from sectarian polemics to killings on sectarian basis. The last three decades witnessed large scale violence and massacres on sectarian basis. District Jhang, situated in Punjab, attracted attention as being the centre of sectarian clashes. Most of the work already done on the issue is based on religious, political, and economic basis. This research project strives to explore sectarian discourse by focusing on its cultural and social aspects. It tends to understand the issue by the use of social tools of academic inquiry, and these tools and techniques will be abstracted from the extensive application of cultural theories.

Academic Experience

2008-2013       Teaching and Research, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan


Award of Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani Scholarship for Faculty Development, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan

Professional Experience

2008-2013       Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan
2006-2008       Govt. College, Jhang, Pakistan
2005-2006       Govt. PST College, Kamalia, T.T Singh, Pakistan



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