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Title Under the drones : modern lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan borderlands / edited by Shahzad Bashir, Robert D. Crews.
Imprint Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2012.

Subject Borderlands -- Afghanistan.
Borderlands -- Pakistan.
Islam and politics -- Afghanistan.
Islam and politics -- Pakistan.
Afghanistan -- Relations -- Pakistan.
Pakistan -- Relations -- Afghanistan.
Afghanistan -- Boundaries -- Pakistan.
Pakistan -- Boundaries -- Afghanistan.
Afghanistan -- Politics and government.
Pakistan -- Politics and government.
Alt Name Bashir, Shahzad, 1968-
Crews, Robert D., 1970-
Description 1 online resource (327 pages) : illustrations, maps
polychrome. rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Political struggles over the Afghan-Pakistani borderlands / Amin Tarzi -- The transformation of the Afghan-Pakistan border / Gilles Dorronsoro -- Religious revivalism across the Durand Line / Sana Haroon -- Taliban, real and imagined / James Caron -- Quandaries of the Afghan nation / Shah Mahmoud Hanifi -- How tribal are the Taliban? / Thomas Ruttig -- Ethnic minorities in search of political consolidation / Lutz Rzehak -- Red mosque / Faisal Devji -- Madrasa statistics don't support the myth / Tahir Andrabi, Jishnu Das, and Asim Ijaz Khwaja -- Will Sufi Islam save Pakistan? / Farzana Shaikh -- The politics of Pashtun and Punjabi truck decoration / Jamal J. Elias -- The Afghan mediascape / Nushin Arbabzadah -- Women and the drug trade in Afghanistan / Fariba Nawa.
Note Print version record.
Summary In the West, media coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan is framed by military and political concerns, resulting in a simplistic picture of ageless barbarity, terrorist safe havens, and peoples in need of either punishment or salvation. Under the Drones looks beyond this limiting view to investigate real people on the ground, and to analyze the political, social, and economic forces that shape their lives. Understanding the complexity of life along the 1,600-mile border between Afghanistan and Pakistan can help America and its European allies realign their priorities in the region to address genuine problems, rather than fabricated ones. This volume explodes Western misunderstandings by revealing a land that abounds with human agency, perpetual innovation, and vibrant complexity. Through the work of historians and social scientists, the thirteen essays here explore the real and imagined presence of the Taliban; the animated sociopolitical identities expressed through traditions like Pakistani truck decoration; Sufism's ambivalent position as an alternative to militancy; the long and contradictory history of Afghan media; and the simultaneous brutality and potential that heroin brings to women in the area. Moving past shifting conceptions of security, the authors expose the West's prevailing perspective on the region as strategic, targeted, and alarmingly dehumanizing. Under the Drones is an essential antidote to contemporary media coverage and military concerns.
Western media coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan paints a simplistic picture of ageless barbarity, terrorist safe havens, and peoples in need of either punishment or salvation. Under the Drones looks beyond this limiting view to investigate real people on the ground, and analyze the political, social, and economic forces that shape their lives.
ISBN 9780674069787 (electronic bk.)
0674069781 (electronic bk.)
9780674064768 (electronic bk.)
0674064763 (electronic bk.)
9780674065611 (hbk.)
0674065611 (hbk.)
OCLC # 794004246
Additional Format Print version: Under the drones. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2012 9780674065611 (DLC) 2011044605 (OCoLC)758383658


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