31 January 2013
Congratulations to Nafees Akram who successfully defended his PhD on 30 January 2013
Title: Imam Ahmed Raza Khan and the Dawat-e-Islami Movement: Islamic Revival through Social Reform
Dawat-e-Islami (DI) is a worldwide Islamic movement based in Karachi, Pakistan. Its mission statement, "I must strive to reform myself and people of the entire world", points to an emphasis on individual reform which can lead to a broader social reform. This reform is to be achieved through tableegh, eschewing what are considered to be 'contemporary forms of politics' and calling for a revival of core Islamic traditions of akhlaq, huqooq-ul-ibaad, and ilm-e-deen. Allama Ilyas Qadri, the ameer of DI, cites Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (1856-1921), a preeminent Islamic scholar considered by many to be the mujaddid of his time, to be a singular source of guidance and inspiration in his mission. In this study, I seek to understand how this connection manifests itself in the development of DI's reformist mission. Through an analysis of framing processes, I examine how DI's mission of social reform has been shaped by the work of Imam Raza, with a particular focus on how the religious discourse which constitutes the Imam's scholarly corpus has been used to develop collective action frames aimed at addressing social issues. Using written and multimedia texts, I explore how these frames have been articulated and amplified in a social context.
Supervisors: Dr Vernon Hewitt and Prof Michelle Cini
Examiners: Dr Andrew Wyatt and Prof. Yunus Samad (Bradford)