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Conceptions of Sharia and Support for Militancy and Democratic Values: Evidence from Pakistan, new article by Fair, Littman and Nugent

Princeton Department of Politics doctoral candidate Elizabeth R. Nugent has coauthored an article with C. Christine Fair and Rebecca Littman, now appearing in the European Political Science Association Journal Political Science Research and Methods (PSRM). The title is “Conceptions of Sharia and Support for Militancy and Democratic Values: Evidence from Pakistan”

The journal’s abstract states:

“Numerous empirical studies of the relationship between popular support for Islamism and support for democracy and violence have yielded inconclusive results. We suspect that this is largely because scholars have not operationalized support for Shari`a in ways that capture the concept’s multi-dimensionality. In this paper, we employ data derived from a carefully designed survey instrument that casts unique insights into how Pakistanis imagine a Shari`a-based government. We find that formalizing an Islamic government as one that implements Shari`a by providing services and security for its citizens is positively associated with support for democratic values, whereas conceptualizing it as one that implements Shari`a by imposing hudud punishments and restricting women’s public roles is positively associated with support for militancy. These results suggest that it is important to understand how individuals within a particular context construe a Shari`a-based government, and future empirical work should take this.”

Political Science Research and Methods (PSRM) is the journal of the European Political Science Association (EPSA), publishing original scholarly work of the highest quality from all subfields of political science, specifically focusing on research applying rigorous methods to empirical or theoretical problems and promotes a rigorous scientific approach to the study of politics.

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