This honors thesis was written in 2007 while I was still a student at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Briefly this thesis broadly seeks to illuminate the complex relationship between religion and politics in contemporary Pakistan, by particularly explaining its most recent manifestation- Enlightened Moderation in light of its political project to fashion a new religiopolitical identity, that of the moderate Muslim. This thesis argues that structural and discursive changes brought about by Enlightened Moderation have opened up new spaces for re-negotiated identity formation and for the multitude to define its own parameters of moderate Islam through avenues of new media, thereby creating a new kind of public engagement. This thesis articulates a more political relationship between the State, media and civil and political institutions. By showing the power of the media and public reason this thesis helps provide alternatives ways of understanding politics in Pakistan and Muslim politics in general.