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For the Sake of God: Religion, Militancy, and Identity in Pakistani Cinema

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This paper identifies the overarching topics delineated by the film Khuda Ke Liye, by analyzing its different attributes, including plot, characterization, and treatment. The paper tries to explore how the film vocalizes controversial ideological debates which have received currency in Pakistani and contemporary Muslim societies, yet which rarely found voice in popular culture production of Pakistan (Dawn, 2007, July 22). The paper also endeavors to analyze whether the movie manages to offer solutions to such complex ideological questions that have had an impact on the negotiation of religious and cultural identity in Pakistan
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Keywords: Khuda Ke Liye; Pakistani cinema; beard; controversial ideological debate; forced marriage; hijab; liberal/fundamentalist Islam

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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