Being part of a violent community in revolt can be addictive-it can be fun. This book offers a fascinating inside look at present daypolitical violence in Pakistan through a historical ethnography of the MuhajirQaumi Movement (MQM), one of the most remarkable and successful religiousnationalist movements in postcolonial South Asia. Drawing on bothanthropological fieldwork, including participatory observation among politicalmilitants, and historical analyses of state information, nation building, andthe ethnicization of Islam since 1947, he provides an absorbing and important contributionto theoretical debates about political- religious and nationalist-violence.
"This book is among those important studies that throw light on the internal complexity of Islamic nations, not least--as is here the case--those where most Muslims live: outside of the Middle East. Not only is it informative, but Verkaaik writes clearly and with an understated wry sense of humor that makes for easy and absorbing reading."--Gananath Obeyesekere, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University
"An ambitious project, successfully realized. Representing a major contribution to our understanding of Pakistani society and of Islamic forms of life in that society, this book has an all too immediate significance in the current political context. We urgently need work of this level of sophistication."--Michael Gilsenan, New York University, author of Lords of the Lebanese MarchesAbout the Author :
Oskar Verkaaik is Assistant Professor at the Research Center for Religion and Society, University of Amsterdam, and head of the branch office of the International Institute for Asian Studies. He is the author of "A People of Migrants" and a popular book in Dutch based on his experiences in Pakistan.
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Description du livre Manas Publications, New Delhi, 2005. Hard back. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire 248744
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