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TICMP Result In Brief

Project ID: 313652
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: United Kingdom

Notions of tolerance in Islamic political theory

Combining oral histories collected from migrants and refugees from the tribal areas of Pakistan to the major cities of Lahore and Islamabad, with an interrogation of the political thought of two influential Islamic political thinkers, this project was an innovative study of the idea and practice of ‘tolerance’ in contemporary Muslim life.
Notions of tolerance in Islamic political theory
Conflict has received significant academic attention, but existing mechanisms of tolerance and peaceful coexistence have not been studied with an eye to moving beyond Eurocentric conceptualization.

The EU-funded project TICMP (Tolerance in Contemporary Muslim Practice: Political Theory Beyond the West) focused on both empirical detail and theoretical constructions of tolerance in the predominantly Muslim context of Pakistan. Two strands of enquiry were joined to offer a new way of approaching political theory from non-western contexts.

The project interrogated the different meanings and ideas of peaceful co-existence through oral histories and ethnographic interviews. At the same time, working through the place of tolerance in the political thought of two influential Islamic thinkers, Abul Ala Maududi and Javed Ghamidi, the project has elaborated the limits of liberal notions of tolerance. This research has highlighted the important relationship between tolerance and justice in the Islamic tradition of thought and practice.

Finally, the project supported, through conferences and seminars, the establishment of a community and network of European scholars working on non-Western and comparative political theory.

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Keywords

Islamic political thought, comparative political theory, tolerance, justice, Pakistan, tribal areas.
Record Number: 188402 / Last updated on: 2016-08-30
Domain: Industrial Technologies