Political Economy Of Sufi Shrines In Pakistan: A Case Study Of Sial Sharif
Author: Qaisar Iqbal

Shrines in South Asian countries have never been alien to politics and economy. There is an interplay of various sociological institutions in shrines which strengthens the political economy of shrines. Indeed, politics needs mass following. Political popularity depends on certain factors, including economic, cultural, and religious. In fact, political elites use these factors to accumulate power. Moreover, this study is conducted to analyze the political and economic importance of shrines in contemporary socio-political milieu. Using qualitative methods and have used framework analysis approach to analyze the data. The findings suggest that without a shrine, Pirs and Sajjada Nashin could not achieve their cultural, religious, political, and economic position in society. Additionally, Shrine is a source to accumulate wealth which stems power. Another important aspect of this research is the hegemony of Shrines and Pirs. They control the agency of Murids. And, Shrines became the powerhouse of the country which is impeding structural development. In a nutshell, inclusive institution reforms are the dire need of time because a post-colonial state cannot function with colonial institutions. Supervisor:- Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

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Supervisor: Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro

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