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Religion and Populism in the Global South: Islamist Civilisationism of Pakistan’s Imran Khan

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European Center for Populism Studies, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
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Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Burwood, VIC 3125, Australia
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Academic Editor: Jocelyne Cesari
Received: 25 August 2021 / Revised: 6 September 2021 / Accepted: 11 September 2021 / Published: 16 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion, Nationalism and Populism across the North/South Divide)
The fusion of religion and populism has paved the way for civilisationism. However, this significant issue is still unresearched. This paper attempts to address this gap by investigating the Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Islamist populism and civilisationism as an empirical case study. While Islamism has been explored in the context of Pakistan, this paper goes beyond and investigates the amalgamation of Islamist ideals with populism. Using discourse analysis, the paper traces the horizontal and vertical dimensions of Imran Khan’s religious populism. The paper provides an understanding of how “the people”, “the elite”, and “the others” are defined at present in Pakistan from an antagonistic and anti-Western civilisationist perspective. The paper finds that “New Pakistan” is indeed a “homeland” or an idolized society defined by Islamist civilisationism to which extreme emotions, sentimentality and victimhood are attached. View Full-Text
Keywords: religion; populism; civilisationism; religious populism; Islamism; Pakistan; emotive politics; victimhood religion; populism; civilisationism; religious populism; Islamism; Pakistan; emotive politics; victimhood
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Shakil, K.; Yilmaz, I. Religion and Populism in the Global South: Islamist Civilisationism of Pakistan’s Imran Khan. Religions 2021, 12, 777. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/rel12090777

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Shakil K, Yilmaz I. Religion and Populism in the Global South: Islamist Civilisationism of Pakistan’s Imran Khan. Religions. 2021; 12(9):777. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/rel12090777

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Shakil, Kainat, and Ihsan Yilmaz. 2021. "Religion and Populism in the Global South: Islamist Civilisationism of Pakistan’s Imran Khan" Religions 12, no. 9: 777. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/rel12090777

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