Living Islam Paperback: Muslim Religious Experience in Pakistan's North-West Frontier

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What does it mean to be a good Muslim? Magnus Marsden challenges the assumption that Muslims in northern Pakistan unthinkingly support the teachings of radical Islamist movements. In this extraordinary insider account, first published in 2005, he documents how Chitral Muslims practise their religion through a complex interaction between mind and spirit.

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'Magnus Marsden has joined the ranks of the great ethnographers of the British Empire who described and wrote about the peoples of the Indian subcontinent with accuracy and even affection. Marsden's lucid and insightful work, based in Chitral, one of the most isolated and least known societies in the subcontinent, comes as a relief after the stereotypes and caricatures which pass for commentary in the media about Muslim societies.' Akbar Ahmed, The Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies and Professor of International Relations, American University, Washington D.C.

'[Marsden's] evocative study … challenges all … stereotypes. … Challenging much that has been assumed about the Muslim world, this study makes a powerful contribution to the understanding of religion and politics both within and beyond the Muslim societies of southern Asia.' International Review of Administrative Sciences

'This is a valuable contribution in the discussions of a phenomenon which, for better or worse, will help to shape all our futures.' Contemporary Review

'Marsden's deep engagement with the Chitrali people … has resulted in an empirically rich and nuanced study.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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Magnus Marsden is Lecturer on the anthropology of Islam, as well as on religion and politics in Pakistan, at the University of Cambridge.

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