Migrants and Militants: Fun and Urban Violence in Pakistan
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. The MQM has mobilized much of the "migrant" (Muhajir) population in Karachi and other urban centers in southern Pakistan and has fomented large-scale ethnic-religious violence. Oskar Verkaaik argues that urban youth see it as an irresistible opportunity for "fun." Drawing on both anthropological fieldwork, including participatory observation among political militants, and historical analyses of state formation, 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.
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It's a waste of tome reading this book the Author has zero knowledge about MQM Religion has nothing to do with MQM Altaf Hussein and Imran Farooq both are kind of Athesis he don't know the origin of MQM he is very more intersted in Pikka Qilla he has no knowledge of Karachi and it's dynamics he is saying Altaf Hueeisn was born in Azizabad wrong he was born in Jamsheed Quaters plus no discussion about Imran Farooq or Saleem Shazia what research he has done beside Pikka Qilla and that wrong facts he got
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