Panelist: Dr. Arsalan Khan
Where: LUMS YouTube
This talk focuses on how Pakistani Tablighis, practitioners of the transnational Islamic piety movement the Tablighi Jamaat, attempt to restructure kinship relations within their homes. Tablighis practice a distinct form of face-to-face preaching (dawat) that involves arduous travel and intimate living in groups of men in the mosque. The central claim of the Tablighi Jamaat is that by preaching to others, one creates the "faith" (iman) needed to live a pious life. In this talk, Dr. Khan outlines the ideals of pious male authority around which the Tablighi Jamaat is structured and show how bringing the home under the authority of the Elders of the movement is one of the primary goals of Tablighis.