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Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir: Between India and Pakistan


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Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir
Between India and Pakistan
By Nyla Ali Khan

Comparative Feminist Studies

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  • 1. PALGRAVE COVER COPY SPINE Logotype Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir Nyla Ali Khan logo FRONT COVER Comparative Feminist Studies Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir Between India and Pakistan Nyla Ali Khan logo bottom right BACK COVER “Composed with love by the granddaughter of the Lion of Kashmir, Khan’s thoroughly engaging history of her homeland brings welcome attention to the cultural roots that sustain the ‘scathed’ inhabitants of one of the world’s most beautiful warzones. Comparing the people of Jammu and Kashmir to Adam and Eve wandering, with glazed eyes, through the Garden of Eden after defying Yahweh, Khan echoes Frantz Fanon’s recognition that colonization has real effects in the psyches of the colonized—and among them is the blurring of nationalist self-imagining.”--John C. Hawley, Professor of English, Santa Clara University and author of Amitav Ghosh: An Introduction “Kashmir has been caught for seven decades between India and Pakistan. During the past two of these decades, it has experienced traumatic waves of insurgency and counterinsurgency, causing an estimated 50,000 deaths and 4,000 disappearances. Khan, scholar and activist, reflects on this history from two intertwined perspectives: as a feminist postcolonial cultural critic and as a passionate advocate of Kashmiri national sovereignty. Her research for Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir includes examination not only of the usual books, articles, and official documents, but also of oral histories, family and personal testimonies, plus several dozen interviews with key figures amply cited. Along the way Khan poignantly evokes Kashmir’s pre-war syncretic culture (Kashmiriyat), the ancient vernacular poetry of Lalla Ded, and the serene beauty of the Valley as counterpoints to the current militarized political and sectarian chaos.”--Vincent B. Leitch, George Lynn Cross Research Professor and Paul and Carol Daube Sutton Chair in English, University of Oklahoma
  • 2. Since 1989, religious fundamentalism and exclusionary nationalism in Jammu and Kashmir have generated political and social turmoil and eroded the ethos and culture of Kashmir. These forces are responsible for the silencing of dissenters, economic deprivation, lack of infrastructure, mass displacements, political anarchy, and the repression of women. Women in Kashmir constantly grapple with both the devastating effects of Indian occupation and Pakistani infiltration and their own complicated histories. Nyla Ali Khan, the granddaughter of the first Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, gives an insider's analysis of the effects of nationalist, militant, and religious discourses and praxes on a gender-based hierarchy. This cross-disciplinary project shows the attempted relegation of Kashmiri women to the archives of memory and reveals the women’s powerful and persistent endeavors to rise from the ashes of immolated identities. Nyla Ali Khan is Visiting professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. She is the author of The Fiction of Nationality in an Era of Transnationalism. Her articles on the Kashmir conflict have been published in Indian and Pakistani national newspapers, English dailies in Jammu and Kashmir, and a newspaper on South Asian perspectives in England. Cover design by Cover image credit line: Sheikh Abdullah addressing a crowd in Lal Chowk, Srinagar, 1975. Image courtesy of the Kashmir National Conference. Boilerplate (Logotype/URL) Printed in the United States of America Bar code 0-230-10764-8