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The New Pakistani Middle Class

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$45.00 • £32.95 • €40.50

ISBN 9780674280038

Publication: November 2017


208 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

3 halftones


Insightful.—Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg View

Through her vivid ethnography of teachers, doctors, engineers, and shop keepers in contemporary Lahore, Maqsood offers readers a fresh understanding of middle-class Pakistan. This is an intricate story of all the pleasures, tensions, and contradictions inherent in the construction of a modern Muslim self.—Kamran Asdar Ali, author of Communism in Pakistan: Politics and Class Activism 1947–1972

A fascinating study of the rise of Pakistan’s new middle class, whose collective identity, Maqsood argues, ushers in a new kind of Islamic assertion. It is rare to see such a nuanced and thoroughly contextualized analysis of Muslim belonging and politics. A much-needed counterpart to what we know about the Indian middle class and its religiosity.—Faisal Devji, author of Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea

I couldn’t put down Ammara Maqsood’s incisive and empathetic ethnography of Lahore’s rising middle class—she carefully constructs a varied picture of what it is to be modern, authentic, and Islamic. This intelligent book makes an invaluable contribution toward shifting our perception of Pakistan as a place of absolutes.—Amina Yaqin, coauthor of Framing Muslims: Stereotyping and Representation after 9/11