Nadeem Farooq Paracha
This book of essays by a Pakistani historian and cultural critic examines the tension between modern and theocratic tendencies in the country’s civil society. One piece explores how the archaeological site Mohenjo Daro has been neglected; another examines how Muammad-bin-Qasim, who briefly invaded Sindh in the eighth century, has been lionised as the founder of Pakistan. Other essays cover Pakistani pop music, folk deities and oral culture.
Westland, 188 pages, Rs 499