Social Support at a Sufi Lodge in Punjab, Parkistan

Uzma Rehman, Peter Lund-Thomsen

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    In this article, we analyze the various types of social support – informational, instrumenmental, and emotional/psychological help – that are provided at a Sufi lodge in southern Punjab, Pakistan. We argue that the lodge has become an important factor in securing the well-being of individuals and families in a context where the state has largely failed in terms of providing social services for its citizens. We conclude that future research in this area could delve deeper into the question of whether, and if so how, such institutions may be a source of social support on a wider basis in Pakistan and elsewhere in South Asia.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalContemporary South Asia
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)377-388
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


    • Social Support
    • Sufism
    • Pakistan

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