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Pakistaniaat : A J. of Pakistan Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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   ISSN (Print) 1948-6529 - ISSN (Online) 1946-5343
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  • An Explanation of our Long Hiatus

    • Authors: Masood Ashraf Raja
      PubDate: 2014-09-14
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2014)
  • Politics and Pirs: The nature of Sufi Political Engagement in 20th and
           21st Century Pakistan

    • Authors: Ethan Epping
      Abstract: Although Sufism has exerted a powerful influence upon Islam in Pakistan, and with a majority of Pakistani Muslims identified as Barelvi, this Sufi-influenced religious identity has not served as a strong foundation for overt political action. However, somewhat dichotomously, Pakistani Sufism is deeply connected to the local and regional political hierarchies. This paper investigates the complex relationship between Sufi influences and political engagement within 20th and 21st century Pakistan. While local religious authorities have found themselves greatly enriched, politically and materially, by such traditions, Sufism has lent itself to a quietist political approach, manifested in a variety of locations, from the Tablighi Jama’at to Barelvi shrines. However, Barelvi Muslims have shown increasing civic organization and activism within the past two decades, in response to intensifying extremist pressure.
      PubDate: 2013-10-04
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2013)
  • [De] Constructing the Feminine : Addressing the Postmodern Feminist

    • Authors: Nausheen Ishaque
      Abstract: The quintessential attachment of postmodernism with challenging the master codes and metanarratives makes it a critical stand point with an almost charismatic disposition. Postmodernism takes feminism as an inclusive category, something which has actually hampered the individuation and actual positioning of the later. Proclaiming to benefit feminism by encompassing and addressing all its concerns in a radically new way, Postmodernism appears to be impeding the development of the later in a certain way. The greatest damage it has done is the extermination of the essential identity of the woman as ‘female’. The article investigates what adverse effects postmodernism imparts to the feminist agenda, especially when mishandled at the hands of Eurocentric feminism. It also looks at its positive openings that can profit feminism when specifically studied in Arab and Asian contexts.  There is also a suggestion of liberating feminism from the master frame of postmodernism.
      PubDate: 2013-10-04
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2013)
  • Feminization of Pakistani Political Discourse in The Heart Divided (1957)
           by Shahnawaz

    • Authors: Zia Ahmed
      Abstract: This paper discusses the way Shahnawaz, in her Novel The Heart Divided (1957), portrayed Pakistani political history of 1940s and attempts to explore the extent to which the writer has feminized the political history of Pakistan. This novel is selected because it is the most relevant to this discourse and is written by a women novelist, which describes that although the Pakistan Movement included women out of the political necessity to procure support for the establishment of Pakistan yet this struggle on the part of women finds its place in the pre-partition as well as post-partition Pakistani political discourse. Shahnawaz’s voice, in her novel The Heart Divided (1957), is most dominant of all in this connection because she voiced the struggle and issues of women, especially that of the educated and politically active women. Shamsie claims that The Herat Divided is the very first political discourse, by Shahnawaz, which portrays the feministic aspect of the political struggle emerging rapidly in the shape of Indian nationalism. Although the discussion is carried out on the political environment of the country under the British colonialism yet the story is narrated in the context of the lives of the Muslim women (Shamsie xxii, 1998). The political discourse is viewed through the eyes of a female character, Zohra and all the events related in the novel are somehow related to her, even the unsuccessful love affair of her brother is with her friend, Mohni. Shanawaz describes the effects of colonization on women' life, which is further complicated in that it is written to justify the demand for political freedom and a separate homeland. Shahnawaz indirectly confesses the fact that western education has guaranteed their liberation and the story reveals how their own customs oppress them more than the British. The portrayal of female characters in The Heart Divided (1857) is discussed and analyzed to assess the extent to which Shahnawaz has feminized the Pakistani political discourse.
      PubDate: 2013-10-04
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2013)
  • Ethnic Politics and Political Process in Pakistan

    • Authors: Nasreen Akhtar
      Abstract: Ethnic Politcs in Pakistan have xisted since 1947.Ethnic Politics has threatened Pakistan's security and Pakistn was divded in 1971 becuase ethnci politics dominated in east and west Pakistan.Today, ethnic poltics has eroded Pakistan's soverignity.Mohajir in Sindh ans Balochi in Balochistan are not accepting other ethnci groups in their localities.Internal and external factors are supporting ethno-political parties to destablise Pakistan
      PubDate: 2013-10-04
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2013)
  • Language planning: An overview

    • Authors: Abbas Zaidi
      Abstract: This paper deals with the problems associated with language planning. Language planning is a controversial area in sociolinguistic. There is controversy about the terminology used, and in a postcolonial scenario, these problems go far beyond the academic, and become part of socio-political disagreements and conflicts. Often in the name of nationalism and progress, language planning privileges one language at the cost of other languages which may end up as serious societal conflicts. A researcher, thus, should look for hidden history in what on the surface appears to be innocuous language planning with noble goals such as wider national communication and national cohesion.
      PubDate: 2013-10-04
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2013)
  • War Game: A Panoptical Narrative of Terror

    • Authors: Ana Ashraf
      Abstract:   In modern thought, (if not in fact) Nothing is that doesn’t act, So that is reckoned wisdom which Describes the scratch but not the itch. [1]   And hence is born a new form of war narrative namely war games_ a genre that heightens the action but not the motif, refutes historically of an event and politicizes the general consciousness, triggers hatred for the ‘other’ where this ‘other’ is a complete stranger for the player’s consciousness and finally a medium that not just challenges one’s sense of reality but also replaces it with desired panoptical tautology. This research article focuses on the complexity of war video games and studies them as a new and subtle visual medium of war narrative. It also proposes that a medium that infiltrates the most potent group of society (youth), that palters the sense of reality, that defines war in new terms needs much more critical scrutiny than it presently receives. For this purpose, three of the most famous and latest war games (Delta Force, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor) are analysed in pithy detail. Where most of the criticism on video games is based on their form or structure, this article attempts at exposing the significance and complex inter-relatedness of content and form. It is strongly implied here that the medium of video games cannot be thoroughly understood unless their criticism involves an objective analysis of the content and form.
      i. Marshall Mcluhan, Understanding Media: The Extension of Man (London: Routledge, 2001) 10.
      PubDate: 2013-09-19
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2013)
  • Help to helpers: A Quantitative Study on Child Labor in Pakistan and
           Dynamic Solutions

    • Authors: Munir Hussain, Muhammad Kashif
      Abstract: Pakistan has a long standing problem of child labor. Its motives and fundamental reasons are multifold and complex. Although, Pakistani child labor yields large number of profits to their families and economy of country but this phenomenon is a vulnerable part of Pakistani society where millions of children are suffering from paid, unpaid or underpaid labor. There are many factors involved and rooted in Pakistan’s diverse socio-economic, political, linguistic, and demographic destitution. This is a quantitative research in which 439 Pakistani samples, through likert-scale based questionnaire, provided groundwork for having an updated substantial solution to control this problem. This study also explains indispensable individual, social, government level solutions for elimination of child labor from Pakistan.
      PubDate: 2013-02-25
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2013)
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