Analysis of the marginalization of Bahá'ís in Iran and Ahmadiyya in Pakistan. Link to thesis (offsite).
Thesis for Master of Arts, Department of Political Science, McGill University (Montreal).
Minorities and "Islamic" States:
Explaining Bahá'í and Ahmadi Marginalization in Iran and Pakistan
Abstract: This study is a comparative analysis of the marginalization of the Bahá'ís
in Iran and the Ahmadis in Pakistan over the last forty years. It explores
the relationship between Islam, the ulama and the state as explanatory
variables. In particular, the increasing political influence of
fundamentalist ulama and their closer association with state mechanisms,
accompanied by the creation of a "purist," "Islamic" state ideology in Iran
and Pakistan, leads to greater discrimination against these two heterodox
Muslim minorities. The outcome is continuing institutionalized,
state-sponsored discrimination that denies substantial legal, political and
social rights to the Bahá'ís and the Ahmadis.
Download this thesis at digitool.library.mcgill.ca:8881/R/-?func=dbin-jump-full%20&object_id=29509.