By Naveeda Khan

Through the essays during this quantity, we see how the failure of the kingdom turns into a second to ruminate at the artificiality of this most up-to-date build, the failure of nationalism, a chance to dream of different modes of organization, and the failure of sovereignty to think about the threats and probabilities of the area of foreignness in the countryside as in the self.

The ambition of this quantity is not just to complicate status representations of Pakistan. it really is take Pakistan out of the prestige of exceptionalism that its a number of crises have endowed upon it. via now, many students have written of ways exile, migrancy, refugeedom, and different modes of displacement represent sleek subjectivities. The arguments made within the ebook say that Pakistan is not any stranger to this of human immigrancy and as a result, may be pressed into carrier in aiding us to appreciate our current condition.

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In the course of the essays during this quantity, we see how the failure of the country turns into a second to ruminate at the artificiality of this latest build, the failure of nationalism, a chance to dream of other modes of organization, and the failure of sovereignty to contemplate the threats and probabilities of the area of foreignness in the geographical region as in the self.

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However, my approach is not deconstructing these discourses, to unmask some villainy at work internal Introduction 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. „ 27 to the disciplines that have produced them. Rather, I wish to engage these evaluations as serious statements on life in Pakistan, to see how they may be hinged to actual experiences and expressions as held up by the essays in this volume. While the outpourings of these disciplines on Pakistan are much too vast and varied for me to cover exhaustively, I do wish to draw attention to the fact that this writing is largely undertaken by scholars located in the United States (US), with the second largest bulk of writing by Pakistani scholars.

With Kamran Ali’s essay ‘Strength of the State Meets Strength of the Street: The 1972 Labour Struggle in Karachi’, we are offered an account of a different kind of project which tried to rise above regional and ethnic divides, even above nationalism, to engender class consciousness. He writes of the workers’ struggle of the 1960s culminating in the 1972 Labour Struggle in Karachi. Within Ali’s careful account, we learn that workers experienced Ayub Khan’s military regime quite differently than the Urdu-speaking elite mentioned in Dadi’s paper.

Or, the Violence of the Ordinary’, Naveeda Khan attempts to take stock of everyday life in urban Pakistan, in the city of Lahore, through a close examination of how people busy themselves with building mosques in their neighbourhoods. She explores mosques as she sees the building of mosques both as a time-old expression of piety as well as an expression of the Pakistani imagination of new beginnings within the context of the nation-state. It soon becomes clear through people’s narratives that mosques are built with various projects of self-formation in mind and community.

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