Sovereign Attachments

Masculinity, Muslimness, and Affective Politics in Pakistan

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Shenila Khoja-Moolji
  • Berkeley: 
    University of California Press
    , June
     2021.
     288 pages.
     $34.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780520336803.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Shruvti Devgan forthcoming.

Description

Sovereign Attachments rethinks sovereignty by moving it out of the exclusive domain of geopolitics and legality and into cultural, religious, and gender studies. Through a close reading of a stunning array of cultural texts produced by the Pakistani state and the Pakistan-based Taliban, Shenila Khoja-Moolji theorizes sovereignty as an ongoing attachment that is negotiated in public culture. Both the state and the Taliban recruit publics into relationships of trust, protection, and fraternity by summoning models of Islamic masculinity, mobilizing kinship metaphors, and marshalling affect. In particular, masculinity and Muslimness emerge as salient performances through which sovereign attachments are harnessed. The book shifts the discussion of sovereignty away from questions about absolute dominance to ones about shared repertoires, entanglements, and co-constitution.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Shenila Khoja-Moolji is assistant professor of gender, sexuality, and women's studies at Bowdoin College. She is the author of the award-winning book Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia.

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