‘All these angularities’

Spatialising non-Muslim Pakistani identities

Authored by: Cara Cilano

The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138745520
eBook ISBN: 9781315180618
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315180618-2

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Abstract

This chapter analyses how textual representations of non-Muslim minorities in Pakistan in fictive and non-fictive texts help produce the spatialisation of Islam and help shape the lived spaces and mobilities of these minorities alongside those of the majority. By reading fictive representations of the allocation of property in the newly constituted Pakistan against official government statements and policies, for example, this analysis not only asks readers to imagine the possible lived experiences of migrants and evacuees, but also demonstrates how state- and nation-making relied upon both an erasure and an incorporation of non-Muslim Pakistani identities.

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