Watch the full video (above) of the talk on ‘Pakistan’s 2018 Elections: Islamic Parties and the Invention of the 'Moderate' Voter', featuring Farzana Shaikh.
The historically capricious relationship between Pakistan’s Islamic parties and the country’s voters conceals a complex political reality that has obscured the importance of religion as a factor in voter calculations and sowed confusion about claims of a ‘moderate’ voter who is deaf to the appeal of religious radicalism. The 2018 general elections in Pakistan, which confirmed the enduring power of religion to determine mainstream political discourse, has forced a reconsideration of these questions and cast doubt on the ‘moderate’ voter as a distinct, if not dominant, voice which has also served to lend credence to Pakistan’s self-image as a beacon of Muslim moderation.
Farzana Shaikh is an Associate Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London. A specialist on Pakistan, she has lectured and held senior research positions at universities in the UK, Europe and the United States.
The question and answer session that followed can be accessed here.