Reading List

Here is a compilation of some books and articles I’ve read recently. If you share my interests, some of these might be appealing. The ones I’ve marked with an asterisk are wonderful and compelling reads. The ones with a frowny face I wish I could erase from my memory. Always a work in progress:


  • Fragments of the Afghan Frontier by BD Hopkins and Magnus Marsden
  • Islanded: Britain, Sri Lanka and the Bounds of an Indian Ocean Colony by Sujit Sivasundaram
  • “The Trans-Border Traffic of Afghan Modernism: Afghanistan and the Indian ‘Urdusphere'” by Nile Green
  • “Who Will Claim You? A Memoir of Placelessness” by Akwaeke Emezi
  • The Long Partition and the Making of South Asia by Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar*
  • Gender, Genre and Power in South Asian Expressive Traditions, ed. Arjun Appadurai, Frank Korom, Margaret Mills
  • Fingerprinting Popular Culture, ed. Ashis Nandy and Vinay Lal
  • Constructing Pakistan: Foundational Texts and the Rise of Muslim National Identity, 1857- 1947 by Masood Ashraf Raja
  • Ethnicity, Islam and nationalism : Muslim politics in the North-West Frontier Province, 1937-1947 by Syed Waqar Ali Shah
  • “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” in The Atlantic October 2015 issue, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • “Coke Studio,” by Bilal Tanweer in Critical Muslim, Vol. 4 (2012)
  • Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera– somewhat 😦 but not a lot
  • A Dragonfly in the Sun: Anthology of Pakistani Writing in English, ed. Muneeza Shamsie*
  • The Oxford Anthology of Writings from Northeast India, ed. Tilottama Misra
  • Monster, Terrorist, Fag: The War on Terrorism and the Production of Docile Patriots, by Jasbir K Puar and Amit Rai in Social Text
  • Stories of Illness, Stories of Healing: Women Write Their Bodies, ed. Sanyatani Dasgupta*
  • Women’s NGOs in Pakistan by Afshan Jafar*
  • Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City by Laurent Gayer*
  • Beyond Crisis: Re-evaluating Pakistan, ed. Naveeda Khan*
  • Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam
  • Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia by Iftikhar Dadi*
  • Afghan Rumour Bazaar by Nusheen Arbabzadeh– slightly 😦
  • God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy– a bit 😦 and perhaps the only person in the world who thinks this
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Images of Afghanistan: Exploring Afghan Culture Through Art and Literature, compiled by Arly Loewen and Josette McMichael
  • Sur Saorath: The Mourning Melody of Abdul Shah Latif Bhittai
  • The Distance of a Shout by Kishwar Naheed
  • Snow by Orhan Pamuk
  • The Labour Movement in Pakistan: Organization and Leadership in Karachi in the 1970s by Zafar Shaheed*
  • A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif*
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia by Ayesha Jalal*
  • The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq by Hassan Blasim

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