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The Resource The upstairs wife : an intimate history of Pakistan, Rafia Zakaria

The upstairs wife : an intimate history of Pakistan, Rafia Zakaria

Label
The upstairs wife : an intimate history of Pakistan
Title
The upstairs wife
Title remainder
an intimate history of Pakistan
Statement of responsibility
Rafia Zakaria
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A memoir of Karachi through the eyes of its women. Rafia Zakaria's Muslim-Indian family immigrated to Pakistan from Bombay in 1962, feeling the situation for Muslims in India was precarious and that Pakistan represented enormous promise. And for some time it did. Her family prospered, and the city prospered. But in the 1980s, Pakistan's military dictators began an Islamization campaign designed to legitimate their rule--a campaign that particularly affected women. The political became personal for Zakaria's family when her Aunt Amina's husband did the unthinkable and took a second wife, a betrayal of kin and custom that shook the foundation of her family. The Upstairs Wife dissects the complex strands of Pakistani history, from the problematic legacies of colonialism to the beginnings of terrorist violence to increasing misogyny, interweaving them with the arc of Amina's life to reveal the personal costs behind ever-more restrictive religious edicts and cultural conventions. As Amina struggles to reconcile with a marriage and a life that had fallen below her expectations, we come to know the dreams and aspirations of the people of Karachi and the challenges of loving it not as an imagined city of Muslim fulfillment but as a real city of contradictions and challenges"--
Summary
"A memoir of Karachi through the eyes of its women. Rafia Zakaria's Muslim-Indian family immigrated to Pakistan from Bombay in 1962, feeling the situation for Muslims in India was precarious and that Pakistan represented enormous promise. And for some time it did. Her family prospered, and the city prospered. But in the 1980s, Pakistan's military dictators began an Islamization campaign designed to legitimate their rule--a campaign that particularly affected women. The political became personal for Zakaria's family when her Aunt Amina's husband did the unthinkable and took a second wife, a betrayal of kin and custom that shook the foundation of her family. The Upstairs Wife dissects the complex strands of Pakistani history, from the problematic legacies of colonialism to the beginnings of terrorist violence to increasing misogyny, interweaving them with the arc of Amina's life to reveal the personal costs behind ever-more restrictive religious edicts and cultural conventions. As Amina struggles to reconcile with a marriage and a life that had fallen below her expectations, we come to know the dreams and aspirations of the people of Karachi and the challenges of loving it not as an imagined city of Muslim fulfillment but as a real city of contradictions and challenges"--
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Writing style
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
collective biography
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10411506
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 954.91/830509252
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
DS392.2.K3
LC item number
Z26 2015
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
an intimate history of Pakistan
Label
The upstairs wife : an intimate history of Pakistan, Rafia Zakaria
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Prologue -- The Return -- Birth of a Nation -- The Scent of Other Cities -- A Suburban Wedding -- Half a Wife -- The Woman in Charge -- The Graveyards of Karachi -- Loving and Leaving -- A Return to the Original -- Epilogue
Control code
879582474
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 251 pages
Isbn
9780807003367
Isbn Type
(hardback : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2014027339
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Label
The upstairs wife : an intimate history of Pakistan, Rafia Zakaria
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Prologue -- The Return -- Birth of a Nation -- The Scent of Other Cities -- A Suburban Wedding -- Half a Wife -- The Woman in Charge -- The Graveyards of Karachi -- Loving and Leaving -- A Return to the Original -- Epilogue
Control code
879582474
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 251 pages
Isbn
9780807003367
Isbn Type
(hardback : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2014027339
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n

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