Poetry as Resistance: Islam and Ethnicity in Postcolonial Pakistan

1st Edition

Nukhbah Taj Langah

Routledge India
Published January 21, 2016
Reference - 296 Pages
ISBN 9781138662407 - CAT# Y229933

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Summary

Focusing on the culturally and historically rich Siraiki-speaking region, often tagged as ‘South Punjab’, this book discusses the ways in which Siraiki creative writers have transformed into political activists, resisting the self-imposed domination of the Punjabi–Mohajir ruling elite. Influenced by Sufi poets, their poetry takes the shape of both protest and dialogue. This book reflects upon the politics of identity and the political complications which are a result of colonisation and later, neo-colonisation of Pakistan. It challenges the philosophy of Pakistan — a state created for Muslims — which is now taking the shape of religious fanaticism, while disregarding ethnic and linguistic issues such as that of Siraiki.

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