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Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands

Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands

by Shahzad Bashir
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674065611

ISBN-13: 9780674065611

Pub. Date: 05/14/2012

Publisher: Harvard

In the West, media coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan is framed by military and political concerns, resulting in a simplistic picture of ageless barbarity, terrorist safe havens, and peoples in need of either punishment or salvation. Under the Drones looks beyond this limiting view to investigate real people on the ground, and to analyze the political,

Overview

In the West, media coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan is framed by military and political concerns, resulting in a simplistic picture of ageless barbarity, terrorist safe havens, and peoples in need of either punishment or salvation. Under the Drones looks beyond this limiting view to investigate real people on the ground, and to analyze the political, social, and economic forces that shape their lives. Understanding the complexity of life along the 1,600-mile border between Afghanistan and Pakistan can help America and its European allies realign their priorities in the region to address genuine problems, rather than fabricated ones.

This volume explodes Western misunderstandings by revealing a land that abounds with human agency, perpetual innovation, and vibrant complexity. Through the work of historians and social scientists, the thirteen essays here explore the real and imagined presence of the Taliban; the animated sociopolitical identities expressed through traditions like Pakistani truck decoration; Sufism’s ambivalent position as an alternative to militancy; the long and contradictory history of Afghan media; and the simultaneous brutality and potential that heroin brings to women in the area.

Moving past shifting conceptions of security, the authors expose the West’s prevailing perspective on the region as strategic, targeted, and alarmingly dehumanizing. Under the Drones is an essential antidote to contemporary media coverage and military concerns.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674065611
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
05/14/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Shahzad Bashir Robert D. Crews 1

1 Political Struggles over the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands Amin Tarzi 17

2 The Transformation of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Border Gilles Dorronsoro 30

3 Religious Revivalism across the Durand Line Sana Haroon 45

4 Taliban, Real and Imagined James Caron 60

5 Quandaries of the Afghan Nation Shah Mahmoud Hanifi 83

6 How Tribal are the Taliban? Thomas Ruttig 102

7 Ethnic Minorities in Search of Political Consolidation Lutz Rzehak 136

8 Red Mosque Faisal Devji 153

9 Madrasa Statistics Don't Support the Myth Tahir Andrabi Jishnu Das Asim Ijaz Khwaja 162

10 Will Sufi Islam Save Pakistan? Farzana Shaikh 174

11 The Politics of Pashtun and Punjabi Truck Decoration Jamal J. Elias 192

12 The Afghan Mediascape Nushin Arbabzadah 215

13 Women and the Drug Trade in Afghanistan Fariba Nawa 236

Epilogue Shahzad Bashir Robert D. Crews 257

Notes 265

Recommended Readings 309

Contributors 311

Acknowledgments 315

Index 317

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