(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Giving comfort, dispelling fear : social welfare at the shrine of Data Ganj Bukhsh in Lahore, Pakistan

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Institute of Geographical Sciences Human Geography, Centre for Development Studies, Freie Univ., Berlin, ALLEMAGNE


This paper explores ways in which Pakistan’s largest Sufi Shrine, Data Darbar, situated in Lahore can be used by diverse actors for social welfare. Although Data Darbar is one of the most important centres of social welfare in Pakistan, Western development agencies have so far overlooked the groups involved especially the Faith Based Organisations (FBOs). The reason for this lies in the general neglect of Islamic institutions as part of civil society due to their negative image as the example of the Pakistani madrasas shows. Apart from being a centre of social welfare, the shrine has also become a place of risk due to suicide attacks in 2010. However, the shrine continues to be a place of comfort rather than a place of fear, because the belief in the saint gives visitors and those providing social welfare a strong psychological resilience. The paper therefore suggests that sacred places and FBOs be included more often in the debate on security, resilience and development in South Asia.


Article of periodic

published at : Erdkunde / ISSN 0014-0015

Editor : Boss, Kleve - ALLEMAGNE (1947)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 67, no1 [pp. 49-61]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 2 fig., 1 tabl., 1 carte, 3 ill.



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.3112/erdkunde.2013.01.05

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