Intimacy with God and Coronavirus in Pakistan
Source TitleAnthropology in Action
University of Melbourne Author/sMalik, Muhammad
AffiliationSchool of Social and Political Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsMalik, N. (2020). Intimacy with God and Coronavirus in Pakistan. Anthropology in Action, 27 (3), pp.78-81. https://doi.org/10.3167/aia.2020.270316.
Access StatusOpen Access
Intimacy with God is at the heart of Islamic practice through prayer. Intimacy with fellow congregants became central to the worship practices promoted by religious leaders during the holy month of Ramadan even when social distancing was required because of the pandemic. This was, by and large, an economic matter. Clerics and mosques rely significantly on the income generated through collective worship, especially during Ramadan. This article provides an account of people’s sense of intimacy with God and fellow congregants during Ramadan and how it contributed to the spread of the coronavirus in Pakistan.
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