Journée d’études du CEIAS : “Islam and Regional Cultures in Pakistan” — Vendredi 6 juin 2014 — Centre d’études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud, EHESS, salle 638-640, 190 av. de France, 75013 Paris (M° Quai de la gare)


Organisateurs : Michel Boivin (, Julien Levesque (


9:00 Reception

9:30 Welcome note by the directors of the CEIAS

9:40 Brief overview of French research in Pakistan, by Christian Ramage, diplomat, former Consul General of France in Karachi

9:50 Introductory note by the organizers Michel Boivin and Julien Levesque

Panel 1 – “Ethnicized Islam”: religion as marker of ethnicity

Chair: Amélie Blom (Sciences Po Paris, Europe-Asia Campus, Le Havre)

10:00 Magnus Marsden (SOAS, London)
Interethnic cooperation among transnational Afghan merchants within and beyond Northern Pakistan

10:30 Mariam Abou Zahab (CERI-Sciences Po & INALCO, Paris)
We are not taliban, what they are practicing is not our Islam”: is there a Pashtun Islam?

11:00 Coffee break

11:15 Paul Rollier (University College London)
“Here comes the Lion”: ethnic identity, Islam and the general elections in Punjab

11:45 Julien Levesque (CEIAS-EHESS, Paris)
“Ethnicized Sufism” in Sindh: whose identity marker?

12:15 General discussion

12:45 Lunch

Panel 2 – Cultures of resistance: cultural productions as subversive discourses

Chair: Laurent Gayer (CNRS-CERI-Sciences Po, Paris)

2:00 Nukhbah Taj Langah (Forman Christian College, Lahore)
Cultural Representations as Subversive Discourses in South Punjab

2:30 Nosheen Ali (Habib University, Karachi)
Between State and Society: Poetic Engagements with Power in Northern Pakistan

3:00 James Caron (SOAS, London)
Frontier Anti-Politics, Pashto Small Media, and the Rise of Deobandi Populism

3:30 Coffee break

Panel 3 – Places of worship: religious practices, attendance and local power relations

Chair: Sabrina Mervin (CNRS-CEIFR, Paris)

3:45 Michel Boivin (CNRS-CEIAS, Paris)
Unity or Non-Duality? Vernacular interpretations of wahdat al-wujud in some traditions of Sindh

4:15 Jürgen Schaflechner (SAI, Heidelberg University)
The solidification of tradition: Hindu identity formations at a Goddess shrine in Baluchistan

4:45 Muhammad Asif Khan (CEIAS-EHESS, Paris)
The convergence of time and space: mapping the influence and presence of Daʿwat i Islāmī in Mianwali through their mosque network

5:15 General discussion

5:50 Note of thanks

6:00 Evening buffet


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