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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.

Migrants and Militants brings together two perspectives on political violence. Recent studies on ethnic cleansing, genocide, terrorism, and religious violence have emphasized processes of identification and purification. Verkaaik combines these insights with a focus on urban youth culture, in which masculinity, physicality, and the performance of violence are key values. He shows that only through fun and absurdity can a nascent movement transgress the dominant discourse to come of its own. Using these observations, he considers violence as a ludic practice, violence as "martyrdom" and sacrifice, and violence as "terrorism" and resistance.

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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.

Migrants and Militants brings together two perspectives on political violence. Recent studies on ethnic cleansing, genocide, terrorism, and religious violence have emphasized processes of identification and purification. Verkaaik combines these insights with a focus on urban youth culture, in which masculinity, physicality, and the performance of violence are key values. He shows that only through fun and absurdity can a nascent movement transgress the dominant discourse to come of its own. Using these observations, he considers violence as a ludic practice, violence as "martyrdom" and sacrifice, and violence as "terrorism" and resistance.

Synopsis:

"This book is among those important studies that throw light on the internal complexity of Islamic nations, not least--as is here the case--those where most Muslims live: outside of the Middle East. Not only is it informative, but Verkaaik writes clearly and with an understated wry sense of humor that makes for easy and absorbing reading."--Gananath Obeyesekere, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University

"An ambitious project, successfully realized. Representing a major contribution to our understanding of Pakistani society and of Islamic forms of life in that society, this book has an all too immediate significance in the current political context. We urgently need work of this level of sophistication."--Michael Gilsenan, New York University, author of Lords of the Lebanese Marches

About the Author

Oskar Verkaaik is Assistant Professor at the Research Center for Religion and Society, University of Amsterdam, and head of the branch office of the International Institute for Asian Studies. He is the author of "A People of Migrants" and a popular book in Dutch based on his experiences in Pakistan.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations vii

Foreword ix

Preface xiii

List of Abbreviations xv

IINTRODUCTION 1

CHAPTER ONE

Ethnicizing Islam 20

CHAPTER TWO

The Muhajir Qaumi Movement 56

CHAPTER THREE

Pakka Qila 88

CHAPTER FOUR

Fun and Violence 111

CHAPTER FIVE

Making Martyrs 137

CHAPTER SIX

Terrorism and the State 163

EPILOGUE 183

Calendar of Events 189

Glossary 191

Notes 195

Bibliography 199

Index 211

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691117096
Author:
Verkaaik, Oskar
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Ethnicity
Subject:
Pakistan
Subject:
Islam and politics
Subject:
Political violence
Subject:
Muhajir
Subject:
Violence in Society
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Nationalism
Subject:
Asian and Asian American Studies
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Postcolonial Studies
Subject:
Pakistan Politics and government.
Subject:
Islam and politics -- Pakistan.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics
Series Volume:
3077
Publication Date:
March 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 halftones. 3 maps.
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12 oz

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

Migrants and Militants brings together two perspectives on political violence. Recent studies on ethnic cleansing, genocide, terrorism, and religious violence have emphasized processes of identification and purification. Verkaaik combines these insights with a focus on urban youth culture, in which masculinity, physicality, and the performance of violence are key values. He shows that only through fun and absurdity can a nascent movement transgress the dominant discourse to come of its own. Using these observations, he considers violence as a ludic practice, violence as "martyrdom" and sacrifice, and violence as "terrorism" and resistance.

"Synopsis" by ,

"This book is among those important studies that throw light on the internal complexity of Islamic nations, not least--as is here the case--those where most Muslims live: outside of the Middle East. Not only is it informative, but Verkaaik writes clearly and with an understated wry sense of humor that makes for easy and absorbing reading."--Gananath Obeyesekere, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University

"An ambitious project, successfully realized. Representing a major contribution to our understanding of Pakistani society and of Islamic forms of life in that society, this book has an all too immediate significance in the current political context. We urgently need work of this level of sophistication."--Michael Gilsenan, New York University, author of Lords of the Lebanese Marches

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