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We are All Revolutionaries Here
Militarism, Political Islam and Gender in Pakistan

  • Aneela Zeb Babar - Researcher and consultant working on Islam, gender, migration and popular culture.

July 2017 | 196 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

What might link a group of middle-class Pakistani women sipping coffee demurely in a living room, with the fiery young women in black burqas threatening shopkeepers in Islamabad?

When and how do an adolescent girl’s aspirations translate into the maturing of a social and political revolution in urban Pakistan?

Will this woman find a resolution to her angst or, like Rosie the Riveter, retreat to her cloister?

Does Bhutto’s death mark the death knell of secular female political participation in Pakistan? The individuals in these pages span over two decades (1988-2008) of Pakistan’s tryst with a difficult history, trying to decipher the convoluted equation of militarism, political Islam and gender politics.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
We Are All Good Muslims Here: Hybrid Spaces, Contesting Constituencies and Pakistan’s Social Revolution
 
Cultural Underpinnings: Pakistani Muslim Women’s Conception of Hijab in Islam
 
On Gendered Spatial and Ritual Politics in Canberra and Islamabad
 
Texts of War
 
Our Lady of Lal Masjid
 
Conclusion
 
Bibliography
 
Index
Key features
What might link a group of middle-class Pakistani women sipping coffee demurely in a living room, with the fiery young women in black burqas threatening shopkeepers in Islamabad? When and how do an adolescent girl’s aspirations translate into the maturing of a social and political revolution in urban Pakistan? Will this woman find a resolution to her angst or, like Rosie the Riveter, retreat to her cloister? Does Bhutto’s death mark the death knell of secular female political participation in Pakistan? The actors in these pages span over two decades (from 1988 to 2008) of Pakistan’s tryst with a difficult history, trying to decipher the convoluted equation of militarism, political Islam and gender politics.

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ISBN: 9789386062482