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Nelson, Matthew J. (2023) 'Securing Muslim Boundaries: Religious Freedom and Public Order in Pakistan and Malaysia.' In: Lumina, Iulia, (ed.), The Politics of Muslim Identities in Asia. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 48-65.

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This chapter examines the construction of religious identity boundaries via the identification of outsiders (here, so-called ‘heretics’) in Muslim-majority Pakistan and Malaysia. Specifically, it shows how constitutional formulations concerning religious freedom are politically operationalised in a boundary-defining description of heretics as ‘a source of public disorder’. As a source of ‘disorder’, heretics are relegated to the margins of each country’s constitutional community: situated on the margins of the community, they help to define those who remain inside.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Islam, Muslim identities, Malaysia, Pakistan, Public order, Freedom of religion, Heresy, Heretics, Blasphemy, securitisation
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISBN: 9781474466837
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Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2023 09:56

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