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Competing Sovereignties, Muslim Masculinities, and the Shaping of National Imaginaries in Pakistan

Sovereign Attachments: Masculinity, Muslimness, and Affective Politics in Pakistan by Shenila Khoja-Moolji, US: University of California Press, 2021; pp 321, `2,369.


For a Pakistani writer to do yoga feels like questioning the two-nation theory, wittily remarked the writers of a special issue, titled, How to Write about Pakistan, in the literary magazine Granta (Hamid et al 2010). A population of 200 million, and rising, speaking close to 70 languages with diverse physical and social landscape, was brought together under the banner of a single religion, Islam, to form an (un)imagined political community. Today, 74 years after its creation, Islam stands out to be the primary modality in shaping national imagination in Pakistan, producing emotional sovereign attachments by constructing gendered ideas of Islamic normativity.

In this insightful book, Sovereign Attachments: Masculinity, Muslimness, and Affective Politics in Pakistan, Shenila Khoja-Moolji critically interrogates the construction of nation, community, and gender by closely engaging with the print and online cultural production of two contenders of sovereigntythe Pakistani state and the non-state actor, the Tehreek-Taliban Pakistan (or Pakistani Taliban).

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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