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A measurement of Islamic religiousness among Pakistani migrants in Spain: analysis of their sectarian affiliations

Ana Ballesteros , Maria Jesus Martin Lopez, PhD; Jose Manuel Martinez Garcia, PhD

ICSA Conference Talk Abstract

Trieste, Italy, July 4–6, 2013 

The study we present here is the result of a PhD research on Islamic sectarianism in Pakistan. The fieldwork was done on the Pakistani community in Spain, mainly settled in Barcelona. Extensive qualitative interviews were undertaken with leaders of the different religious communities as well as its members, whereas quantitative data was provided through the analysis of questionnaires based on the Psychological Measure of Islamic Religiousness (H. Abu Raiya, K.I. Pargament, A. Mahoney & C. Stein, 2008), where some scales were used, and some not (the conversion scale was not included, considering we were interested in Pakistani Muslims not converts): items of Islamic religious dimension, Islamic wellbeing, purpose of life, satisfaction with life, religious struggle and fundamentalism were added, plus new questions focused on belonging to different sects, cults, and denominations, and their attitudes towards their in-group and out-group.

The main purpose was to find out how Pakistani Muslims live their religion, a deeper understanding of Islamic religiousness, and how the migration experience affects them. The biggest difficulty was to convince them to fill in a questionnaire, considering the closeness of the community, their distrust for the purposes of the research, or the fact that many of them are illiterate and might find the questions too hard to answer. For that reason, we have relied more on the qualitative analysis of the discourses of the leaders and members of the different religious groups: among the Sunnis, Deobandis: Tablighi Jama’at; Barelvis: Minhaj ul-Quran, Dawat-ul Islam; Ahl-e Hadith; Jamaat-e Islami; Sufis; Ahmadiyya and Shias.

Chamber judgments concerning France

Press Release issued by the Registrar of the Court ECHR 036 (2013) 31.01.2013 The European Court of Human Rights has today notified in writing the following three Chamber judgments1, none of which is final. The judgments are available only in French. The Religious Association of the Pyramid Temple/Association Cultuelle Du…

EnlightenMeFree receives notice of temporary restraining order

From: “The EnlightenMeFree (EMF) Online Forum,” a Website and Forum has been created by former students of Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE. Inc).

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The court clarifies its previous order granting Temporary Restraining Order as follows:
Defendants, their agents, employees, attorneys and all persons in concert with them are immediately enjoined from continuing to display or otherwise disseminate RSE information or material, including but not limited to audio recordings or video footage of classes, lectures, meetings, speeches, teachings, or other gatherings organized or presented by JZK, Inc or RSE without the express written consent of JZK, Inc. Any video or other material or information currently posted or displayed by said individuals on any internet website or others forum where it can be accessed by others is to be immediately removed.

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Please confirm receipt of this email and removal of the above materials.

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