By Dr Gabriel Theodore
"Christian Minorities in an Islamic nation" bargains with the real query of inter-faith kin in Pakistan, an essential quarter of the Islamic international which has been the scene of the increase of either Islamic militancy and partnership with the West in counter-terrorism measures. Christians are crucial spiritual minority of Pakistan and their prestige and adventure is a try out case of the remedy of non secular minorities in an Islamic state.This publication covers new floor in exploring some of the elements that govern the kinfolk among Muslims and Christians in a state country which has been politically risky some time past, and the place the imposition of Islamic legislations has been debatable and complicated for non secular minorities. Theodore Gabriel clarifies the historical past of Christian-Muslim kin within the quarter, explores the increase of Islamic militancy, and attracts on own interviews to figure out the frame of mind of either Christians and Muslims in Pakistan this day.
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However, the scheme was not an unqualiﬁed success due to the high salinity of the water available. The land allotted to the Christians was particularly so and many of the settlers had to leave. Some determined individuals stayed on, struggling to make a living. 24 The history so far of Christianity in Pakistan shows that it was serial, ups and downs, and not a consistent or static saga. The original community avowedly established by St Thomas the Apostle and later under the domain of the Church of Persia had disappeared entirely by the sixteenth century, probably due to the ascendancy of Buddhism in the area.
1 I have already pointed out in the introductory chapter that Pakistan was never envisaged as an Islamic theocratic state by its founders. 2 Jinnah clariﬁed his understanding of the two nation theory as follows at the All India Muslim League session in Lahore of 1940: They (Islam and Hinduism) are not religions in the strict sense of the word, but are, in fact, different and distinct social orders…. 3 1 2 3 Schimmel, Annemarie, Islam in the Indian Subcontinent (Leiden-Koln, 1980), p. 8. Iqbal, Afzal, Islamicisation of Pakistan (Delhi, 1984), p.
Ikram, Trying to Respond (Lahore, 1994), p. 329. 32 Christian Citizens in an Islamic State is compulsory for all children up to grade eight but from grade nine non-Muslims can opt out by choosing Civics. Bishop Malik told me, however, that Muslim teachers recognise that those who opt for Civics are non-Muslims and they might be marked down in assessment. He personally encouraged Christian children to study Islamiyyat since they then would have an authentic knowledge of Islam and be more well informed and tolerant of their Muslim compatriots, with the added beneﬁt of getting better marks than if they had opted for Civics.
Christian Citizens in an Islamic State: The Pakistan Experience (Live Questions in Ethics and M) by Dr Gabriel Theodore