Author: Chitralekha Zutshi
Publisher: C. HURST & CO. PUBLISHERS
Release Date: 2004-01
Genre: Islam and politics
Despite its centrality to the political life of India and Pakistan, the few reliable works of history that have appeared on Kashmir insist ahistorically on the existence of a unique Kashmir cultural identity. This text questions the notion of any transcendent cultural uniqueness and Kashmiriyat.
Literary, cinematic and media representations of the disputed category of the ‘South Asian Muslim’ have undergone substantial change in the last few decades and particularly since the events of September 11, 2001. Here we find the first book-length critical analysis of these representations of Muslims from South Asia and its diaspora in literature, the media, culture and cinema. Contributors contextualize these depictions against the burgeoning post-9/11 artistic interest in Islam, and also against cultural responses to earlier crises on the subcontinent such as Partition (1947), the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war and secession of Bangladesh, the 1992 Ayodhya riots , the 2002 Gujarat genocide and the Kashmir conflict. Offering a comparative approach, the book explores connections between artists’ generic experimentalism and their interpretations of life as Muslims in South Asia and its diaspora, exploring literary and popular fiction, memoir, poetry, news media, and film. The collection highlights the diversity of representations of Muslims and the range of approaches to questions of Muslim religious and cultural identity, as well as secular discourse. Essays by leading scholars in the field highlight the significant role that literature, film, and other cultural products such as music can play in opening up space for complex reflections on Muslim identities and cultures, and how such imaginative cultural forms can enable us to rethink secularism and religion. Surveying a broad range of up-to-date writing and cultural production, this concise and pioneering critical analysis of representations of South Asian Muslims will be of interest to students and academics of a variety of subjects including Asian Studies, Literary Studies, Media Studies, Women’s Studies, Contemporary Politics, Migration History, Film studies, and Cultural Studies.
At first glance, India and Pakistan seem closer to peace than at any point in the past several decades. The cease-fire that went into place along the Line of Control in Dec. 2003 has held; terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir has been in steady decline since 2002; and both countries have succeeded in sustaining a wide-ranging and high-level dialogue process. Yet the current (in 2005) détente process between India and Pakistan suffers from the same structural infirmities that led past peace initiatives to collapse. Peacemakers might do well to focus on the problems of the state¿s peoples -- thus building a base from which creative democratic solutions might eventually emerge. Map and graphs.
Author: Robert G. Wirsing
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
Release Date: 2003
Robert Wirsing examines he Indian-Pakistani conflict over Kashmir. He takes as his focus the period from the effective nuclearization of the dispute in 1998 to the arrival of US forces in the region as a consequence of international intervention in Afghanistan.