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Delusional States
Feeling Rule and Development in Pakistan's Northern Frontier


  • Publication planned for: August 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108497442

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  • Delusional States: Feeling Rule and Development in Pakistan's Northern Frontier is the first in-depth study of state power and social struggle in Gilgit-Baltistan - the only Shia-majority region of Sunni-dominated Pakistan and a contested border zone that forms part of disputed Kashmir. For seven decades, the political conflict over Kashmir has locked India and Pakistan in brutal wars and hate-centered nationalisms. This book illuminates how within this story of hate lie other stories - of love and betrayal, loyalty and suspicion, and beauty and terror. Placing these emotionalities at the centre of its analysis, Delusional States rethinks the state–citizen relation in deeply felt and intimate terms, offering a fine-grained ethnographic analysis of power and subjection in contemporary Pakistan. A powerful contribution to studies of state-making and Muslim sociality in South Asia, the book additionally offers distinct theoretical insights in the fields of social movements, political ecology, education, and global development studies.

    • The first full-length, ethnographic study of state-making and social struggle in the conflict zone of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistani Kashmir
    • Presents a lived understanding of militarism, sectarianism, and development in contemporary Pakistan
    • Offers a major response to the global interest in political Islam as well as to sociological understandings of militarism, state-formation, and Muslim politics
    • Draws attention to progressive social movements, alternative development visions and cultural politics instead of remaining confined to the 'security' discourse on Pakistan and Kashmir
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    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108497442
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps and figures
    Acknowledgements List of abbreviations
    Part I. Representation and Repression:
    1. Unimagined communities in the eco-body of the nation
    2. Loyalty, suspicion, sacrifice: feeling and force under militarism
    Part II. Education and the Politics of Faith:
    3. Challenging school textbooks: the sectarian making of national Islam
    4. Sectarian imaginaries and poetic publics
    Part III. Saving Nature, Saving People:
    5. The nature of development: neoliberal environments and pastoral visions
    6. Books vs. bombs? Humanitarian education, empire, and the narrative of terror
    Conclusion: the great media game

  • Author

    Nosheen Ali, Agha Khan University, Karachi
    Nosheen Ali teaches at the Institute for Educational Development, Aga Khan University, Karachi. Her research focuses on the cultural politics of citizenship, religion and development in Pakistan and Kashmir, as well as on poetic and ecological thought.

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