Culture and Customs of Pakistan (Culture and Customs of Asia Series)

Culture and Customs of Pakistan (Culture and Customs of Asia Series)

by Iftikhar Malik
     
 

ISBN-10: 031333126X

ISBN-13: 9780313331268

Pub. Date: 12/28/2005

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Until now, in-depth cultural information on Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country formed in 1947 after the dissolution of British rule in India, has been scarce. This crucial South Asian hotspot, in the news for tensions with neighboring India over nuclear capacity and security issues, finally is illuminated for general readers. This narrative encapsulates the

Overview

Until now, in-depth cultural information on Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country formed in 1947 after the dissolution of British rule in India, has been scarce. This crucial South Asian hotspot, in the news for tensions with neighboring India over nuclear capacity and security issues, finally is illuminated for general readers. This narrative encapsulates the historical pluralistic traditions, such as religious practices, languages, and ethnosocial ties, that Pakistanis share with their neighbors. The coverage of culture and customs is contextualized throughout with the richness of the past and present Indus Valley civilization.

The author is a native of Pakistan and provides authoritative insight into the many aspects of history and contemporary life. Western readers will be exposed to a range of folk traditions that coexist with modern influences from globalization. Descriptions of unfamiliar cultural phenomena such as the architecture of shrines and tombs, the distinctive dress of different groups, Pakistani Muslim courtship and marriage rituals, and lively kite-flying contests are some of the highlights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313331268
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
Culture and Customs of Asia
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Acronyms

Chronology

People and Places

Thought and Religion: Unity in Diversity!

Literature and Arts

Architecture and Housing

Cuisine and Traditional Clothes: The Indus Spices and Colours

Gender, Courtship and Marriage

Festivals and Leisure Activities

Performing Arts: Music, Movies and Crafts

Social Customs and Lifestyles

Glossary

Bibliography

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