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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2009) 29 (3): 502–514.
Published: 01 December 2009
... that the participation in the mehndi ki majlis narrates a worldview connecting Hyderabad's Shias to the cosmopolitan Karbala through the vernacular ecology, aesthetics, and values of the local Deccani culture. Duke University Press 2009 Who Could Marry at a Time like...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2016) 36 (1): 112–133.
Published: 01 May 2016
... and their adjoining hinterlands. Bholakpur, in the city of Hyderabad, India, is one such place. There are hundreds like it scattered around the country. Even as they perform the double function of reproducing the urban economy while inoculating it from the injurious effects of its own detritus, places like Bholakpur...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2010) 30 (1): 47–57.
Published: 01 May 2010
... York. After 1918, however, traditional immigration countries like the United States closed their gates for most Eastern and Southern Europeans, as well as migrants from Asia. The Jewish migration experience in the German capital Berlin highlights the transition from relatively free migration during...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2012) 32 (2): 294–309.
Published: 01 August 2012
... uses the metaphor of family and blood relations to describe a covenantal bond. Like the members of a family, a national community develops around ideas of shared culture, history, and language. Gencer’s article examines the ways in which nationalist rhetoric influenced the cartoons that were published...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2021) 41 (3): 485–498.
Published: 01 December 2021
... in language debates in Telugu, a language whose particularity has not become a metonym either for the nation (like Hindi) or for a pan–South Indian identity (like Tamil). In tracing the movement from vulgar speech to proper language in this archive, this essay reframes vernacularity as an ethical compulsion...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2012) 32 (3): 555–562.
Published: 01 December 2012
... of journals and book series dealing with the literatures of the Middle East, the constraints are in part political. (Readers bring to the area preexisting commitments and expectations.) In part they are methodological. (Writers trained in Middle East Studies are likely to come to literature from different...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2013) 33 (2): 227–238.
Published: 01 August 2013
.... Of particular interest is the emergence, in Soviet scholarly and foreign-policy discussions, of the “noncapitalist path” to socialism. This category owed much to the encounters of Soviet experts like M. I. Rubinshtein with India in the mid-1950s. The emergence of a concept of the noncapitalist path, in turn...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2013) 33 (3): 380–391.
Published: 01 December 2013
... these theoretical questions has emerged: one moving from dissatisfaction with individual primary concepts—like secularity, the state, citizenship, industrialization, labor—to a more generalized discontent regarding the nature of theorizing itself. Gopal Guru and Sunder Sarukkai’s book The Cracked Mirror contributes...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2014) 34 (3): 476–496.
Published: 01 December 2014
... like this one index “environmental citizenship” premised on the recognition of common responsibility for a vulnerable environment. Both suggest nature’s physical properties—e.g., aquifers’ vulnerability to toxic wastes—seemed to have brought sworn enemies together, thereby exceeding or bypassing...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2014) 34 (3): 556–564.
Published: 01 December 2014
... of connectivity and commonality. And like any other analytical categories, geographical ones deserve no special treatment once they have outlived their usefulness. This seems particularly the case when we look to the geographical frameworks that have actually enabled original scholarship over the past decade...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2014) 34 (3): 574–581.
Published: 01 December 2014
... look like when grounded in the politics of place rather than in the domain of the transcendent? Willis’s article considers the heated debate over the future of Mecca after the Sa‘udi occupation in 1924, both from its discursive position as a quintessential cosmopolitan “open city” and as the site...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2015) 35 (3): 451–465.
Published: 01 December 2015
... to accurately measure box-office outcome produces an ambiguity about commercial transactions that is actually generative and productive, enabling the industry to function and reproduce itself. In large-scale media industries like Bollywood, I contend, the presence of ambiguity is necessary and actually critical...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2014) 34 (3): 590–598.
Published: 01 December 2014
... in the Arabian Peninsula and Indian Ocean circuit, which had a different history from that of Northern Arabia, was conceived more as a caste-like or class notion than an ethnic or racial one. Certainly, at specific moments and in particular contexts, there is overlap between the caste and ethnic notions...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2015) 35 (1): 137–155.
Published: 01 May 2015
... of Uganda kob made by his wife, Jimmie Buechner, Buechner was able to demonstrate the existence of a complex territorial breeding system in a mammal for the first time. The existence of such a system, like the ability of the Buechners to observe it, was in part a product of the colonial land regime, which...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2016) 36 (1): 3–20.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Steven Pierce Recent political homophobia in Nigeria, including vigilante violence and repressive legislation, is often imagined to be a reaction to outside forces: religious movements like evangelical Christianity and reformist Islam or the spread of Western homosexual identities. This article...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2016) 36 (2): 320–334.
Published: 01 August 2016
..., but they do not yet offer a blueprint for a cosmopolitical order. Compared to the historical legacy of anticolonial nationalism in countries like India, the appeal of cosmopolitanism is limited. © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2016) 36 (2): 361–368.
Published: 01 August 2016
... historians in late colonial India and engendered a set of practices—like archiving and the valence of particular types of evidence—that continues to shape the field. Scientific history was a contagious idea, and its life in India is full of paradoxes. Various types of histories—national, parochial...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2009) 29 (3): 468–482.
Published: 01 December 2009
... that the developments in the post-Khomeini period have generally confirmed the logic and insights of Hajjarian's thesis and suggests that the secularizing trends will likely continue as long as this particular state is in place. Duke University Press 2009 The Secularization...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2010) 30 (1): 6–13.
Published: 01 May 2010
... occidentalism of Adonis's “Manifesto of Modernity (or Modernism)” of 1980; the Talibanish occidentalism found in a work like The Spirit of Terrorism by Jean Baudrillard; and the benign and popular variety of occidentalism, which helps in some cases to reinforce shaken identities. Such discourses are examined...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2011) 31 (2): 267–281.
Published: 01 August 2011
... on critical Hadhrami voices, the article points to new divisions inside Indonesia’s Hadhrami community, particularly among the Ba’alawi or sada , that is, those Hadhramis who—like Rizieq—claim descent from the prophet Muhammad. © 2011 by Duke University Press 2011...