Being part of a violent community in revolt can be addictive-it can be fun. This book offers a fascinating inside look at present day political violence in Pakistan through a historical ethnography of the Muhajir Qaumi Movement (MQM), one of the most remarkable and successful religious nationalist movements in postcolonial South Asia. Drawing on both anthropological fieldwork, including participatory observation among political militants, and historical analyses of state information, nation building, and the ethnicization of Islam since 1947, he provides an absorbing and important contribution to theoretical debates about political- religious and nationalist-violence.
Author: Oskar Verkaaik
Features: HB, Spr