Bangladesh is the third largest predominantly Muslim country in the world; about ninety percent of the population is Muslim. But an examination of the situation of the Ahmadiyya community in Bangladesh shows that the meaning of ‘Muslimness’ is contested. Though the members of this community hold themselves to be ‘true’ Sunni Muslims, this identity has not remained unchallenged. Indeed, an anti-Ahmadiyya movement in existence since the 1980s has consistently demanded that the state declares them to be non-Muslims. Though this movement depends primarily on those commonly labelled ‘Islamists’, it would be naive to assume that only these believe that the Ahmadis are not Muslims; much of the general populace shares the same view. Though the state has not declared the community to be ‘non-Muslim’, a discernible discriminatory state attitude towards them is certainly observable. All these factors, based primarily on the issue of contested religious classification, marginalise the community in various aspects.
With Prof. Dr. Ainoon Naher, Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh
Eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung des Seminars für Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft und des Südasien-Seminars der Universität Halle-Wittenberg und der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Sachsen-Anhalt.
Veranstaltungsort und -zeit:
Dienstag, 30. Oktober 2012
Universitätsplatz (Melanchthonianum, Hörsaal XV)