History

The Christians of Pakistan

Author: Linda Walbridge

Publisher: Routledge

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Category: History

Page: 288

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In May 1998, John Joseph, the first native Pakistani Catholic bishop, shot himself in front of the courthouse where a Christian had been sentenced to death for blasphemy. This book tells the story of the Christians in Pakistan, with Bishop Joseph as its centrepiece. It is an account of outcastes who sought hope through Christianity, but who now find themselves victims of a struggle to define Islam in Pakistan. The majority of Pakistani Christians are descendants of untouchables converted to Christianity in the late 19th century. In Pakistan a minority religion is linked with low status, perpetuating the Indian Hindu caste system even though the Muslim majority has disassociated itself from all things Hindu and Indian. The book also deals with enculturation in the Pakistani church, the rise of native clergy, conflicts between the local church and Rome, the rise of 'fundamentalist' Islam and the position of women in society and church.
Political Science

A People Betrayed

Author: Patrick Sookhdeo

Publisher: Isaac Publishing LLC

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Category: Political Science

Page: 454

View: 739

Pakistan's original intention of protecting religious minorities from persecution has been eroded by Islamization to the point where its Christian community is now under great pressure. This book reveals the gradual shift in its policy, and offers a warning of what can happen when conservative Islamic voices become politically dominant.
Religion

Ahmadi and Christian Socio-Political Responses to Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

Author: Qaiser Julius

Publisher: Langham Publishing

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Category: Religion

Page: 372

View: 700

The roots of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws can be traced back to the British colonial rule in India, but their harsher clauses were added to the Pakistan Penal Code during a wave of intense Islamization in the 1980s. Everyone in Pakistan is threatened by the misuse of these laws, even Muslims; however a disproportionate number of victims targeted by these laws have come from two minority groups, the Ahmadis and Christians. Dr Qaiser Julius focuses on how these two groups have been affected by Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, their different reactions to these laws, and more specifically, why they are responding differently despite living under the same circumstances. In this well-structured and understandable study, Julius provides a valuable tool for Christians to understand what it means to be a minority in a hostile culture. This thorough analysis presents a way forward for the Christian church in Pakistan, providing hope amidst the discrimination and persecution.
Social Science

Migrants and Refugees

Author: Patricia Jeffery

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Category: Social Science

Page: 221

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This study analyses the immigration of Muslim and Christian Pakistani families coming into Britain.
Religion

The Christian Minority in Pakistan

Author: A. D. Asimi

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Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 774

Created by foreign Missions during the British Raj, the small Christian community in the Pakistan area has existed for nearly one hundred and fifty years. Due to its low socio-economic and elemental religious background, it has always suffered from an image problem. Under the British Raj, the security and well-being of this community was assured to a very large degree. But with the establishment of Pakistan-a constitutionally Islamic state and society-the circumstances of this small minority have drastically changed. Less than two percent of the population, this minority is being constantly challenged on socio-economic and religious grounds. The Islamic elements in the land are ill-disposed toward it and, every now and then, resort to lawlessness towards members of this small minority. The author of this book has attempted to sharpen awareness of the problems of the Christian minority in Pakistan, and has proposed some steps that might alleviate these problems to a certain degree, including the development and practice of an Islam-reconciled Christianity. The thrust of his argument is that, when one is decidedly weak, and must remain so for the foreseeable future, it is best to acknowledge it and behave accordingly. One cannot safely dwell in the water while being on the wrong side of the crocodile.
Church history

Shadows in the Dark

Author: John Rooney

Publisher:

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Category: Church history

Page: 120

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A history of the 1st period of the Christian church in Pakistan from St. Thomas, Ahmadyya, beliefs that Jesus lived and died in Kashmir, Christians in Persia & their migration to Pakistan, & Muslim missionary work.

Neglected Christian Children of Indus

Author: Azam Mairaj

Publisher: Independently Published

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Category:

Page: 176

View: 944

NEGLECTED CHRISTIAN CHILDREN OF INDUS is the ground-breaking work that illustrates the socio-psychological conditions of the beleaguered Christian community of Pakistan that has to face multi-level discrimination in every facet of life. It will be of equal interest to the Asian diaspora and readers concerned with the condition of hard-pressed minorities worldwide, as well as those interested in the mechanics of South Asia's overlapping multi-cultural, multi-confessional and multi-ethnic communities. NEGLECTED CHRISTIAN CHILDREN OF INDUS shows how successive conquests created outcast communities whose Christian descendants now suffer from a sense of inferiority and exclude themselves from their macro society. They carry the burden of a self-destructive attitude towards their society, which is the central issue of this book. Yet, while drawing attention to weaknesses, this book also focuses on the strengths and opportunities available to Pakistani Christians in their society - a survival guide relevant to all hard-pressed minorities. These true stories lead to conclusive SWOT analyses of the Christian community in Pakistan's overwhelmingly Muslim-majority society. However, the book is neither restrictive nor exclusive to a single minority. It is a case study relevant to all minorities, irrespective of the country or system they find themselves in. We would like this book to further enrich the minds of European readers, living in an overlapping multi-cultural space.The writer, Azam Mairaj, is a renowned author, poet, philosopher, philanthropist and business leader of Pakistan, widely respected for dealing with communal alienation for over two decades. As a member of the beleaguered and alienated Christian community of Pakistan, he is uniquely placed to study the subject. He has been addressing the issue of Christian youth alienation with the conviction that individuals can only grow in their overpoweringly Muslim-majority society if they are integrated within it. NEGLECTED CHRISTIAN CHILDREN OF INDUS is the English translation of the book Dharti Jaye kyun Paraye, a collection of heart-wrenching stories illustrating the alienation of Christian youth in Pakistan, and offering solutions to redress it. The real-life stories exemplify social discrimination suffered by the children of the Indus Valley in present-day Pakistan. Social exploitation, suppression of history and discrimination by caste and creed, have bred a regrettable attitude among these citizens. Alienation caused by this attitude is at the heart of "Neglected Christian Children of Indus" the first in a series of seven books on the issue, which is also a stand-alone case study relevant to minorities in all countries. According to the December 18, 2016 issue of Dawn, Pakistan's oldest and largest circulation English daily, "this anthology of true stories ... aims to answer an omnipresent question ... why has the youth of today become apathetic? The author discusses the breakdown of interpersonal conduct, societal injustice, exploitation, oppression and wrong-doing ..." Mohammad Hanif also gave a positive review of this book on BBC Urdu. In his review, he said "The bitter stories narrated in this book are not available in any TV news or newspaper." Hajra Rehan in her review about the book for Dawn, Books and Authors, wrote "Mairaj also points out that the discrimination is not exclusive to one specific faith: "Even though this book only focuses on a particular group of the children of the soil - the Christians of Pakistan - the condition of the rest needs the same attention and sympathy. After all, the nomads of the Cholistan desert and the Indus Valley natives in the Thar Desert, [such as] Kohli or Bheel tribes are still forced to live like the shudars of preceding centuries."Dr. Nicholas Evans, LSE Fellow, Department of Anthropology views about the book"Neglected Christian Children of Indus is composed of deeply moving and personal stories that engage the reader

Blasphemy

Author: Robert Traer

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

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Page: 226

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In the 1990s I visited Pakistan regularly on behalf of a non-governmental organization (NGO) that supported religious freedom primarily through public initiatiaves in countries where minority communities were suffering discrimination. In Pakistan I helped organize public seminars in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad in which Muslim and Christian leaders expressed concerns about the blasphemy law-that was used then and in 2018 continues to be used to threaten Christians, Ahmadis, and even some Muslims with prosecution and death. I also traveled with lay leaders of the Christian "colonies" in Karachi and in 1997 visited the burned out village of Shantinagar where 785 houses and 13 churches had been destroyed. According to the Center for Social Justice in Lahore, between 1987 and 2016 at least 1,472 people were charged under the blasphemy law. In 2010 a Christian mother of five was sentenced to death, and in 2018 the persecution of Christians under this law continues. The NGO that I led sponsored the activities described in this novel, but we failed in our efforts to have Pakistan's Supreme Court rule that the blasphemy law was unconstitutional. This story is fiction, but reflects the facts of a struggle against the blasphemy law in Pakistan. I didn't publish this novel when I wrote it in 1999, because I felt it might endanger the Pakistani Christians known by the government to have been involved in the events of this narrative. During the following decade most of the Christian leaders who were active in these events fled Pakistan, legally or illegally. Now, I believe, there is no one left in Pakistan who might be endangered by this novel's publication. The story begins with a march in Karachi protesting the burning of a Christian village in the Punjab named Shantinagar, after a Muslim alleged that a villager had desecrated a Qur'an. Thugs and police attack the demonstration, and some marchers are arrested and injured. Fr. Paul Gill, who participated in the march, meets with lay leaders from the Christian "colonies" in Karachi where the demonstrators live. He volunteers to petition the Pakistani Supreme Court to find the blasphemy law unconstitutional, because it doesn't require evidence of any intention or motive but only testimony that a Muslim has been offended by an alleged desecration. With the assistance of an American leader from an international NGO and two Muslim lawyers, the Christian lay leaders sponsor public seminars in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad that include Muslim and Christian leaders. Thugs attack one of these, and Christians are injured and arrested. Subplots include the worship lives of Fr. Paul and Sister Martha who assists him in his mission with drug addicts, and the personal stories of the Muslim lawyers whose families suffered due to cultural prejudice and police corruption. The novel ends without a strategy for realizing greater tolerance in Pakistan, but with inspiring acts of faith. The interpretations of Christian faith and Islamic beliefs expressed in the novel, primarily through the character of Fr. Paul, are entirely my own. A Catholic priest was not among those who invited me to Pakistan, nor did a priest speak in the public seminars that were held. There was in the 1990s and still is a Human Rights Commission in Pakistan. I did meet with Muslim lawyers and scholars who defended Islamic views of religious freedom. But none of the Muslim or Christian characters in this novel represents any actual persons in Pakistan. Nor do the personal views of the NGO leader in the novel always reflect my own thinking and convictions. The novel explores Christian and Muslim teachings about human rights and especially religious freedom, and relates the author's search for a Christian perspective that respects the conflicts in these religious traditions while affirming the common quest within each to be faithful to the one God who is merciful and just.
Philosophy

Christians and Christianity in India and Pakistan

Author: P. Thomas

Publisher: Routledge

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Category: Philosophy

Page: 282

View: 396

Originally published in 1954, Christians and Christianity in India and Pakistan is an historical account of Christianity from the time of Apostle Thomas through to contemporary times. The book records the vicissitudes of the Church prior to the Reformation, the work of the early Protestant missions, and the results of British influence. It provides an overview of Christianity in contemporary India and Pakistan, and explores a range of topics including Indian traditions, the labours of Armenians and the missionaries of the West, the political and social position of Indian Christians, and Christian influences on Hinduism. Christians and Christianity in India and Pakistan will appeal to those with an interest in the history of Christianity.
History

The Christians of Pakistan

Author: Linda Walbridge

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 814

In May 1998, John Joseph, the first native Pakistani Catholic bishop, shot himself in front of the courthouse where a Christian had been sentenced to death for blasphemy. This book tells the story of the Christians in Pakistan, with Bishop Joseph as its centrepiece. It is an account of outcastes who sought hope through Christianity, but who now find themselves victims of a struggle to define Islam in Pakistan. The majority of Pakistani Christians are descendants of untouchables converted to Christianity in the late 19th century. In Pakistan a minority religion is linked with low status, perpetuating the Indian Hindu caste system even though the Muslim majority has disassociated itself from all things Hindu and Indian. The book also deals with enculturation in the Pakistani church, the rise of native clergy, conflicts between the local church and Rome, the rise of 'fundamentalist' Islam and the position of women in society and church.
Religion

Christian Tears of Pakistan

Author:

Publisher:

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Category: Religion

Page: 130

View: 543

The intent of this book is to inform the rest of the world, especially the Christian world, about what is happening to Christians in Pakistan because of the very dangerous blasphemy law, 295-BC. This law is being used against Christians to falsely accuse and persecute followers of Jesus Christ, and for revenge killings.
Religion

Ahmadi and Christian Socio-Political Responses to Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws

Author: Qaiser Julius

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 475

Dr Julius focuses on how Ahmadis and Christians have been affected by Pakistan's blasphemy laws, their reactions to these laws, and why they respond differently. He provides a tool for Christians to understand what it means to be a minority in a hostile culture and presents a way forward for the Christian church.