Governance of Islam in Postcolonial Pakistan: A Study of Wifaq ul Madaris, Multan

Fakhar Bilal


Recent interest of the academia in the encounters with Islam and its developments and colonial legacies in variety of shapes have got attention worldwide. Over the past decades, a growing interest has developed in all aspects of the governance of Islam. Be it the study in the history of colonialism, in legacies of colonial forms of governance in postcolonial societies or the way how Western countries create opportunities for the development of Islam. My focus for this paper is Wifaq ul Madaris Al-Arabia, Multan, Pakistan and its creation as case study for the governance of Islam in postcolonial Pakistan while taking into account the governance of Islam and its further methodologies implied. Wifaq was established in 1959 and served as a platform for all Deobandi madrasas to be united on examination, curricula and other constructive reforms. The governance of Islam and its socio-political impact has a wide range of issues and engagements when it comes to Pakistan.

         My objective of this study is to look in to the historical development which led to the actual governance of Islam project in Pakistan and how the concerns of ulema created an institution to serve not only Islam but Pakistan. This paper will be helpful to study the kind of education being provided in Pakistani Madrassas and how its hierarchy governs the curriculum, students, teachers and financial matters involved in this governance of Islam.


 Keywords:  Islam, Madrasa, Deoband, Curriculum, Education, Multan, Pakistan.

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