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  • A LIFETIME OF DISSENT

    ‘As a public intellectual, I. A. Rehman devoted his whole life to the cause of oppressed classes. Besides campaigning against religious extremism and the violation of human rights, he actively participated in democratic movements, generating political consciousness in Pakistan and beyond. His work (and this memoir) is worth remembering in the days to come.’

     

    Dr Mubarak Ali, Historian and Author.

     

    ‘This book is a testament to how a seemingly modest man lived and sneaked his way to the status of a legend.’
    Amin Mughal, Scholar, Activist and Journalist.

    ‘As a young man, I. A. Rehman experienced the hopeful tumult of national liberation. For the next seven decades, he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with all those who sought to keep the dream of decolonisation alive. This memoir is a must-read for young people on the left today, a reminder that revolutionary humanism can and must be sustained unflinchingly for as long as one lives.’

     

    Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, Academic, Political Organiser and Author.

     

    ‘Rehman Sahib had the ability, like my father, to be at ease across generations. Witty, compassionate and a man with infinite patience, he would engage with unknown young people as much as his known contemporaries. What also astonished me was his ability to comment on the latest developments in art, poetry, theatre, medicine and constitutional law. His vision was far-reaching and always attendant to life around us. This memoir is a beautiful glimpse into the life of South Asia’s iconic thinker, journalist and activist.’

     

    Salima Hashmi, Painter and Artist

     

    ‘I was introduced to I. A. Rahman by his associate and admirer and my good friend Amin Mughal. Rahman Sahib’s track record as a legendary human rights campaigner and eminent journalist had made me curious about him. His balanced and dispassionate analysis of politics in Pakistan was invaluable. Every time he visited London, a meeting with him was a must. He was the toast of Indian progressives and diplomats who had served in Islamabad. To obtain an insight into his fascinating life, lucidly told in his own words, is as refreshing as it was conversing with him.’

     

    Ashis Ray, formerly editor-at-large of CNN

     

    ISBN: 9789697834617

    AUTHOR: I. A. REHMAN


    ISBN: 9789697834617
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle: A MEMOIR
    Author: I. A. REHMAN

     1,995
  • POLITICS, ECONOMY AND SOCIETY

    The defining characteristic of the ongoing century is that it is a century of crises. We’re living in times when most phenomena, paradigms and systems are referred to with the prefix “post”. The century of crises, in this sense, is a century of anti-climaxes, implosions and exhaustion. What are these phenomena, paradigms and systems that are experiencing descent? How are they generating a multiplicity of crises? And how are these crises, at many levels, mutually constituted?

    This volume highlights and makes visible those connections amongst crises operating both at global and local levels. From the discontents of global capitalism to the limits of liberal democracy to the various facades of the climate crisis to the ruins of global governance and financial architecture, the book takes note of systemic failures and fissures. At the same time, the volume brings up the questions of alternative economic and political visions, indigenous feminisms and South-South alliances amongst others and thus takes note of repairs and reconstructions. Bringing together enterprising young thinkers, Politics, Economy and Society speaks to a wider audience of students, researchers and general readers.

    Politics, Economy and Society, brilliantly edited and put together by Bilal Zahoor, Fahd Ali and Abrahim Shah, covers a range of critical essays on some of the most important twenty-first-century concerns. A very welcome addition to progressive literature, the book provides insights into the multi-pronged discontent thrown up by neoliberal capitalism.

    -Kaiser Bengali, Economist.

    An intriguing conversation amongst the younger generation of academics, activists and development practitioners on challenges Pakistan faces in a world confronted with tense global geopolitics and trials of nature.

    -Ayesha Siddiqa, author of Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy.

    ISBN: 9789697834594

    AUTHOR: BILAL ZAHOOR, FAHD ALI, ABRAHIM SHAH


    ISBN: 9789697834594
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle: ESSAYS ON PAKISTAN AND BEYOND
    Author: BILAL ZAHOOR

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  • DEFENDING MUHAMMAD IN MODERNITY

    ‘No book offers a richer, more illuminating guide to the origins and complex theological relationship of the Barelvi and the Deobandi orientations than Defending Mu?ammad in Modernity. SherAli Tareen’s deeply researched, theoretically informed, yet remarkably accessible study will help make Islam in modern South Asia part of wider and much-needed conversations among scholars of religion.’

    -Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Princeton University, author of Islam in Pakistan: A History

    ‘Sher Ali Tareen’s detailed exploration of the form and logic of the polemical engagements that marked the development of competing Deobandi and Barelvi visions in the nineteenth century is exceptional and provides a critical backdrop for understanding the divisions that continue to shape the dynamics of South Asian Muslim thinking today.’
    -David Gilmartin, North Carolina State University, author of Empire and Islam: Punjab and the Making of Pakistan

    ‘A masterful study of the polemics over Mu?ammad’s status that have been occurring for more than a century in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh? it shows us that this polemical tradition is founded in a genuine argument, whose philosophical and juridical implications are meaningful even for those outside its purview.’
    -Faisal Devji, University of Oxford, author of Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea

    ‘This book is beautifully written in a language accessible to students and colleagues who have not previously engaged with this topic. If you can only read three books on Islam in South Asia, Defending Mu?ammad in Modernity needs to be one of them.’
    -Margrit Pernau, Max Planck Institute for Human Development

    ‘The thoroughness to detail and depth in his commentary and analysis and in the very wide reading that he has undertaken and conveyed to a reader is most welcome and useful and highly recommended. This is a superb book.’
    -Syed Akbar Zaidi, Institute of Business Administration Karachi, author of Making a Muslim: Reading Publics and Contesting Identities in Nineteenth-Century North India

    ISBN: 9789697834464

    AUTHOR: SHERALI TAREEN
    ISBN: 9789697834464
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle:
    Author: SHERALI TAREEN

     1,995
  • GENDER, SEXUALITY AND FEMINISM IN PAKISTANI URDU WRITING

    ‘This is an important, incisive book with great depth and range, which provides new insights into equality, gender and self in the pioneering work of Pakistani women poets including Ada Jafri, Zehra Nigah, Fahmida Riaz, Kishwar Naheed and Sara Shagufta, also placing them within the history of Urdu women’s poetry and progressive literature.’ -Muneeza Shamsie, Independent scholar
    In Gender, Sexuality and Feminism in Pakistani Urdu Writing, the author critically interrogates the construction of gender, community and nation in the work of progressive women poets. The book combines the study of nation and community through a close engagement with Urdu literary culture in the twentieth century and particularly the work of pioneering literary women. It argues that gender and sexuality become fixed signifiers in the trauma of partition and the formation of the post-partition Islamic nation. The story of literary women in Pakistan taking up the mantle of public poets thus has to be understood in relation to the history of reform, anti-colonial resistance and transnational Islamicate culture. The book examines the presence of feminist thought in the work of progressive women poets charting their interrogation of the clash between secular and sacred values and the increasing split between liberal and Islamic nationalism. The book suggests that through their writing and experiences, women have negotiated sacred and secular spaces to move beyond a community that is subservient to nationalist ideology.

    Author: Amina Yaqin

    ISBN: 97896978344577
    ISBN: 97896978344577
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle:
    Author: AMINA YAQIN

     1,395
  • GHAZAL COSMOPOLITAN

    A marvelous interweaving of poetry, scholarship, literary criticism and memoir: it is wise, welcoming, and a delight to read. There are poems here that are memorable in any context: Qasida of 700,000 Years of Love one among those for me.

    Author: SHADAB ZEEST HASHMI

    ISBN: 97896978344400
    ISBN: 97896978344400
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle: GHAZALS AND ESSAYS ON THE CULTURE AND CRAFT OF THE GHAZAL
    Author: SHADAB ZEEST HASHMI

     795
  • THE DARK SIDE OF JOURNALISM

    ‘Ashraf penetratingly explores the mesh of global journalistic hierarchies, capitalism and neo-imperialism in one of the world’s most dangerous war zones the historically fractious Pashtun Belt straddling Pakistan and Afghanistan. Readers concerned with the politics of intellectual labor in war reporting should grasp this book for its fresh analysis and grounded information.’ -John D.H. Downing, Chief Editor, Sage Handbook of Media Studies ‘Reporting from FATA-Afghanistan-Pakistan, the ground zero of news production today where imperialism, capitalism, and religious fundamentalism collude to constantly displace people from their homes and lives.  Syed Irfan Ashraf reveals how the ubiquitous ‘fixer’ is not just another professional category in journalism, but its nadir. From his own experience as a ‘fixer’, Ashraf shows how the global media capitalist machine literally feeds on the life and work of local journalists, mutilating them into its ‘eyes and ears’, and the terrible costs extracted in return for the fundamental human desire to be seen and heard; to speak back to an international public and not just be its victim or other. Thinking like Marx, Ashraf explains how the ‘fixer’ is a role, imposed by the process of proletarianization and its dehumanizing consequences, not only for journalists, but society as a whole. -Jyotsna Kapur, Professor, Cinema and Media Studies, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, US ‘This book offers a unique perspective on regional journalism. Documenting a history of impunity against progressive voices, it probes how the local journalists in Pakistan are agents and victims at the same time in the violent power politics? As a working journalist-turned-academic, Ashraf’s twenty-five years of experience also offer an insight into what the future holds for journalists (and journalism) in Pakistan’s periphery as well as its urban centers.’ -Faizullah Jan, Chair, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Peshawar The Dark Side of Journalism provides a local journalist’s perspective on the role of ‘fixers’ local journalists hired to help global media outlets report on wars over the past four decades. Fixers enable global media to access news about al-Qaida and the Taliban in distant regions and dangerous caves on Pakistan and Afghanistan’s borders. Their risky pursuits have led to unprecedented death rates of local reporters during the U.S.-led war on terror. The Dark Side of Journalism illustrates both the essentiality of fixers to global news production, as well as their utter dispensability. Irfan Ashraf has a PhD in mass communication and media arts (MCMA) from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and is an assistant professor at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.

    Author: SYED IRFAN ASHRAF

    ISBN: 9789697834501

     
    ISBN: 9789697834501
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle: THE CULTURE AND POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GLOBAL MEDIA IN PAKISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN
    Author: SYED IRFAN ASHRAF

     1,495
  • PAKISTAN, INSTITUTIONAL INSTABILITY & UNDERDEVELOPMENT

    Author: AKMAL HUSSAIN

    ISBN: 9789697834544
    ISBN: 9789697834544
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle: STATE, PEOPLE AND CONSCIOUSNESS
    Author: AKMAL HUSSAIN

     1,495
  • PAKISTAN, INSTITUTIONAL INSTABILITY & UNDERDEVELOPMENT

    “In this seminal study, a leading practitioner in the field of economics has reached beyond the disciplines’ boundaries and cast a glow of spiritual humanism on it. He has brought heart to the ‘dismal science’ and thus given renewed vigor to his subject. This is the work of a master philosopher writing at his peak.”

    -AKBAR S. AHMED
    Professor, School of International Service. American University. Washington DC. Author Journey Into Islam The Crisis of Globalization.

    “Akmal Hussain places the ‘human’ squarely at the heart of ‘development’ and brings human consciousness into the developmental paradigm.”

    -ZAFAR SHAHEED
    Former Official of the International Labour Organization: Author. The Labour Movement in Pakistan: Organization and Leadership in Karachi in the 1970s.

    “This elegant and wide-ranging study of politics and ideology transcends disciplinary boundaries and helps us to understand a new Pakistan’s history with unusual depth and clarity.”

    -PAULA NEWBERG
    Former Clinical Professor and Fellow of the Wilson Chair. University of Texas at Austin, Author, Judging the State Courts and Constitutional Politics in Pakistan

    “What a gem of an analysis of the instability of, and in, Pakistan’s institutional architecture, and hence the State. A unique study of the interaction(s) between the various organs of the state… Brilliant and most insightful…”

    -AITZAZ AHSAN
    Honorary Fellow, Downing College Cambridge.

    “Akmal Hussain steers the reader expertly through the turbulent political and economic history of Pakistan by charting out the trajectory of institutional instability…A must read.”
    -ALIYA HASHMI KHAN
    Former Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

     

    ISBN: 97896978345499

    AUTHOR: AKMAL HUSSAIN


    ISBN: 97896978345499
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle: STATE, PEOPLE AND CONSCIOUSNESS
    Author: AKMAL HUSSAIN

     1,995
  • SEVENTY FOUR

    ‘A post pandemic story written way before the pandemic. A haunting little book about second chances, last days and human relations that survive the unsurvivable.’ Mohammed Hanif, author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes ‘Any culture’s science fiction is its dream of what its future could be. Now we live in a global culture, and Faraz Talat’s Seventy Four shoots right to the heart of all our current fears and hopes. It’s an intense experience, poignant and memorable.’ Kim Stan Robinson, author of Blue Mars ‘Scientists become saviors in times of plague, but their attempts to exert control over pathogens and politics go awry in Faraz Talat’s science fiction novella Seventy Four. Razia Ntikoladze, eminent scientist and Pakistani emigree, is locked in a race against a deadly new contagion and her own mortality; before she can save the world, she has to escape the colloquium’s merciless eugenics project. A daringly brilliant literary experiment which pits humanity against its own worst enemy—itself.’ Bina Shah, author of Before She Sleeps
    ISBN: 9789697834167
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle:
    Author: FARAZ TALAT

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  • WE TAKE OUR CITIES WITH US

    ?We Take Our Cities with Us is an exquisite memoir, a dazzling exploration of time, place, and self. I loved it.?
    -LILY KING

    ?With grace and power, this mesmerizing memoir swirls from continent to continent, decade to decade, through a journey of identity, memory, loyalty, and loss. Part map, part family tree, We Take Our Cities with Us provides an intimate glimpse into what it means to make a home in the global modern age. Sorayya Khan is an exquisite storyteller.?
    -ELEANOR HENDERSON

    ?This extraordinary memoir traverses a deeply personal terrain dotted with questions of identity, culture, and belonging. Khan engrosses the reader with myriad journeys, histories, and piercing insights. Thoroughly gratifying.?
    -RAZA RUMI

    Even when we leave them, our cities never leave us. After her Dutch mother?s death, Sorayya Khan confronts her grief by revisiting their relationship, her parents? lives, and her own Pakistani Dutch heritage in a multicultural memoir that unfolds over seven cities and three continents. We Take Our Cities with Us ushers us from Khan?s childhood independence forged at her grandparents? home in Lahore; to her adolescence in Pakistan?s new capital, Islamabad; to Syracuse and Ithaca, New York, where Khan finds her footing as the mother of young, brown sons in post-9/11 America; to her birthplace, Vienna, where her parents die; and finally to Amsterdam and Maastricht, the cities of her mother?s conflicted youth. In Khan?s gripping telling of her immigrant experience, she shows us what it is to raise children and lose parents in worlds other than your own. Drawing on family history, geopolitics, and art in this stunning story of loss, identity, and rediscovery, Khan beautifully illuminates the complexities of our evolving global world and its most important constant: love.
    ISBN: 9789697834563
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle:

    Author: SORAYYA KHAN

     995
  • TEST STATUS ON TRIAL

    ?The stars of today would not be where they are without the pioneering leadership of men like Kardar. Not just Pakistan but world cricket owes them all a huge debt.? ?David Gower Former England Captain ?Test Status on Trial, one of the many books Kardar wrote, reveals the story of an extremely difficult series in England involving tough conditions, unprecedented rains and so much more. A fascinating book to read, it reminds us of the challenges Pakistani cricketers faced and the resilience they showed in the early years of their introduction to the game.? ?Zaheer Abbas Former Pakistan Captain ?The maiden tour of England in 1954 remains, historically, the most outstanding and unforgettable tour Pakistan has ever had. Ikram Elahi and I are the only two surviving members of the team. Even after 68 years, its charm, magic and importance have not faded?The Oval test victory came against the full-fledged English side, one that went on to win the Ashes in Australia in the following year.? ?Wazir Mohammed Former Test Cricketer, 1954 Team ?Kardar?s inspirational leadership, tactical brilliance and sheer grit put Pakistan on the world cricket map by morphing an inexperienced set of players into a team that achieved laurels beyond its perceived potential. The team, eventually, lit the flame that set the country ablaze, converting just another pastime sport into a rage.? ?Shahid Kardar Son of A. H. Kardar; Former Governor State Bank of Pakistan ?Test Status on Trial is a precious rarity, a first draft of history from somebody in the process of making it. As such, indispensable.? ?Gideon Haigh Cricket Journalist, Author of On Warne ?Most members of the 1954 Pakistan squad were of impressionable age and enjoyed England, both on and off the field. Skipper A. H. Kardar, with his previous experience of playing in English conditions, was a tactician and a confident man, having a keen eye on the younger players to help them bring their best foot forward.? ?Ikram Elahi Former Test Cricketer, 1954 Team
    ISBN: 9789697834495
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle: THE STORY OF PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM’S HISTORIC TOUR TO ENGLAND

    Author: ABDUL HAFEEZ KARDAR

     995
  • THE OTHER IN THE MIRROR

    With a Mantoesque aura pervading this collection of stories from across the

    great divide of 1947, the reader becomes complicit in fiction?s inimitable

    capacity to subvert established ?truths?. A tribute to the power of story-telling,

    this is a heart-warming, humanizing and inspirational collection that deserves a

    wide readership.?

    ? Ayesha Jalal

    ?Reading through this mosaic of enthralling stories, my emotions relentlessly

    oscillated between agony and hope. While these stories brilliantly bring to life

    familiar characters, they also manifest the compelling essence of fiction that

    takes you to unfamiliar paths. I?m sure this book will ignite in readers a desire

    to rise above boundaries and divisive politics.?

    ? Nandita Das
    ISBN: 9789697834471
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle: STORIES FROM INDIA AND PAKISTAN
    Author: SEHYR MIRZA

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  • CRITICAL REFLECTIONS ON THE SINGLE NATIONAL CURRICULUM AND THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION

    The Single National Curriculum has been introduced in Pakistan and will be implemented progressively up to Grade 12 by 2023. It is claimed to be the first step to ensure equal education for all children in the country and to foster national integration.

    Unfortunately, Pakistan is a graveyard of initiatives that overpromise and underdeliver. In that context, what can be expected of the Single National Curriculum? How likely is to succeed? And what will be the consequences for students taught under it if it fails? Is it the most logical first step to achieve equality in education given many other more proximate causes? Can it promote national integration or could it become the source of further divisions? The history of earlier attempts to achieve integration through uniformity urges us to be cautious of unintended consequences.

    The essays in this collection address these questions and provide a critical reflection on various aspects of the Single National Curriculum and its likely implications for the majority of children in Pakistan. The collection includes a separate discussion of the medium of instruction, an integral component of the Single National Curriculum with its own set of issues. Some alternatives for achieving the desired objectives are also offered for consideration.

    Dr. Anjum Altaf, a member of the International Coalition for Education Reform in Pakistan (ICERP), obtained MA and PhD degrees from Stanford University. He was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He is the author of Transgressions: Poems Inspired by Faiz Ahmed Faiz (2019), More Transgressions: Poems Inspired by Faiz Ahmed Faiz (2021), and co-author (with Amit Basole) of Thinking with Ghalib: Poetry for a New Generation (2021).
    ISBN: 9789697834433
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle:
    Author: ANJUM ALTAF

     350
  • WHAT WE GET WRONG ABOUT EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN

    Education in Pakistan is in crisis and everyone has a list of recommendations to fix it. Few ask why there is a crisis in the first place, why it has persisted for 75 years, and why it has become worse with every passing decade.

    This set of essays explores these unasked questions by locating the economic and political functions of education in their societal context and tracing their history in the subcontinent. The analysis calls into question the assumption that the state is always and unambiguously interested in improving education.

    The realisation that education might be the terrain on which battles for the domination of society are fought can help explain many otherwise puzzling phenomena and one can begin to understand why in the 21st century, the focus of education in Pakistan is shifting from inquiry to dogma. The chasm between the education we should demand and the one we are being given is widening. This book raises the big question: How can this chasm be bridged?

    Dr. Anjum Altaf, a member of the International Coalition for Education Reform in Pakistan (ICERP), obtained MA and PhD degrees from Stanford University. He was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He is the author of Transgressions: Poems Inspired by Faiz Ahmed Faiz (2019), More Transgressions: Poems Inspired by Faiz Ahmed Faiz (2021), and co-author (with Amit Basole) of Thinking with Ghalib: Poetry for a New Generation (2021).
    ISBN: 9789697834457
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle:

    Author: ANJUM ALTAF

     350
  • TEST STATUS ON TRIAL

    ?The stars of today would not be where they are without the pioneering leadership of men like Kardar. Not just Pakistan but world cricket owes them all a huge debt.?
    ?David Gower
    Former England Captain

    ?Test Status on Trial, one of the many books Kardar wrote, reveals the story of an extremely difficult series in England involving tough conditions, unprecedented rains and so much more. A fascinating book to read, it reminds us of the challenges Pakistani cricketers faced and the resilience they showed in the early years of their introduction to the game.?

    ?Zaheer Abbas

    Former Pakistan Captain

    ?The maiden tour of England in 1954 remains, historically, the most outstanding and unforgettable tour Pakistan has ever had. Ikram Elahi and I are the only two surviving members of the team. Even after 68 years, its charm, magic and importance have not faded?The Oval test victory came against the full-fledged English side, one that went on to win the Ashes in Australia in the following year.?

    ?Wazir Mohammed

    Former Test Cricketer, 1954 Team

    ?Kardar?s inspirational leadership, tactical brilliance and sheer grit put Pakistan on the world cricket map by morphing an inexperienced set of players into a team that achieved laurels beyond its perceived potential. The team, eventually, lit the flame that set the country ablaze, converting just another pastime sport into a rage.?

    ?Shahid Kardar

    Son of A. H. Kardar; Former Governor State Bank of Pakistan

    ?Test Status on Trial is a precious rarity, a first draft of history from somebody in the process of making it. As such, indispensable.?

    ?Gideon Haigh

    Cricket Journalist, Author of On Warne

    ?Most members of the 1954 Pakistan squad were of impressionable age and enjoyed England, both on and off the field. Skipper A. H. Kardar, with his previous experience of playing in English conditions, was a tactician and a confident man, having a keen eye on the younger players to help them bring their best foot forward.?

    ?Ikram Elahi

    Former Test Cricketer, 1954 Team
    ISBN: 9789697834372
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle: THE STORY OF PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM’S HISTORIC TOUR TO ENGLAND
    Author: ABDUL HAFEEZ KARDAR

     695
  • MY LIFE AND STRUGGLE

    ?Bacha Khan?s message of the power of peaceful protest for liberty, equality and justice changed our culture and customs forever and inspires me every day in my activism for girls? education and women?s empowerment.?

    Malala Yousafzai, Youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate

    ?As a student activist, what struck me the most about working with Bacha Khan was the strength of his compassion and his disarming humility. He would insist on walking long distances even in old age to reach the marginalised to help them or to at least express solidarity with them. The publication of English translation of his Pakhto autobiography is coming out at a time when younger generations are rediscovering Bacha Khan?s life and struggle.?

    Afrasiab Khattak, Former Provincial President of Awami National Party, former senator, writer and analyst of regional affairs

    ?This compelling story is more relevant now than ever. Bacha Khan?s tireless struggle against oppression and division was non-violent and uncompromising, principled and creative. Readers will be enthralled and inspired.?

    Mukulika Banerjee, Author of The Pathan Unarmed, 2001

    ?The life story of a man of peace and non-violence, born amidst mayhem and conflict across the Sub-continent, still carries a powerful message in the turbulent times we live in. The autobiography of Bacha Khan in English, for the first time in a lucid translation from the original Pakhto by Imtiaz Ahmad Sahizada, is a landmark publication. The history of modern South Asia has been incomplete without a better understanding of how and why the fierce Pashtun tribes embraced the Gandhian ideology of non-violent defiance. My Life and Struggle introduces a new and younger generation to the tribulations of the Pashtuns.?

    Ahmed Rashid, Author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 2012

    Ali Raza is Associate Professor of History at the Lahore University of Management Sciences.
    ISBN: 9789697834266
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ABDUL GHAFFAR KHAN
    Author: BACHA KHAN

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  • SWEPT A SIDE

    Swept Aside tackles the lives of Christian working-class women from ?Chura? caste communities, who have historically been primarily employed as sanitation workers in Pakistan. As Ayra Indrias Patras tells us, ?Christians, who are less than 5% of the Lahore city?s population, make up more than 80% of the sanitation workforce?, not only because of historical recruitment but contemporary recruitment policies which understand sanitation work as a ?traditional caste occupation.? The book critically describes and analyses the histories and structural forces that shape Christian communities as religious minorities and oppressed caste communities. This includes stigmatisation within the larger Christian community, particularly from middle and upper-class Christian elites and church leaders who desire to obscure the caste connotations of Christian identity. The book examines these histories, inequities, and discrimination from within the lived experiences of women. It tackles how caste discrimination and structures are woven into and continue to be reproduced in contemporary Pakistan.

    Swept Aside documents histories of caste discrimination in the past, present and possible future, but in a way that grounds Chura communities in their own spaces, words and lives. It addresses the structures of the past but also how contemporary forms of privatisation re-encode caste relations.

    Dr Ayra Indrias Patras is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Forman Christian College, A Chartered University, Lahore. Her research interests include marginalised identities, gender and human rights. This book is based on her doctoral research lying in the intersection of gender, caste and labour and the impact of such intersectionality on female janitorial workers in Lahore.
    ISBN: 9789697834549
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle: A STORY OF CHRISTIAN SWEEPERS IN LAHORE

    Author: AYRA INDRIAS

     995
  • A PIECE OF THE MOON

    In A Piece of the Moon, we visit a world of familial bonds riddled with dreams, unmapped journeys, and divine interventions. Framed together as in a group photograph, each character is given a voice including the author who others himself as Dillan and remains omnipresent. Sitting with them as family members, we share food and listen to charismatic stories with asides from history, politics, World War II, and the partition of India. Within one frame, a collage of many frames breaks the linearity of the narrative. Time overlaps; past and present jostle for a third space; the ordinary becomes extraordinary; simple things assume archetypal shapes; and daily activities morph into parables. Dillan?s journey becomes a voyage into his inner darkness; and his autobiography, the Everman?s story. The camera clicks, and they all move out of the frame and fade slowly into the sepia of time.

    The family tree grows with each chapter. Weathered by the springs of youth, autumnal sorrow of human loss, the tree throngs with birds of memories and the fruits of joy and suffering. And we, under its shade, rest briefly preparing for the next departure.

    A Piece of the Moon is a literary masterpiece. A must read!

    In his magnum opus, A Piece of the Moon, Mushir Anwar paints a lush landscape of the subcontinent?s culture and traditions. His exquisite storytelling, suffused with his trademark whimsy, is the perfect foil for the questing philosophical ruminations that thread through the narrative. At the heart of this novel is a teeming familial setup of singular characters who mirror the interconnectedness and fracturing of pre-Partition Hindustan and post-Partition Pakistan. Anwar renders a bygone era with remarkable precision that imparts immediacy and invites immersion. Through family vignettes, we are brought to spaces of kinship and solitariness. His reflections on love, loss, the nature of the Divine itself make for transcendental prose-the reader ever-aware of how transitory and ephemeral our times are and how vital the treasury of memory.

    Author: MUSHIR ANWAR

    ISBN: 9789697834532
    ISBN: 9789697834532
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle:
    Author: MUSHIR ANWAR

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  • TERRA VIVA

    This book is a testament to the great work that Vandana has done for the food and ecological movements.
    -Carlo Petrini, Founder, Slow Food

    Vandana Shiva is the most brilliant woman I know; she is impressive, with a global knowledge of the environmental problems created, above all, by social disorders and the selfishness of short-term power.
    -Gilles-?ric S?ralini, molecular biologist and co-author of The Monsanto Papers

    Vandana Shiva?s brilliant, discerning mind, granite character, poetic soul, and her galvanising skills as a grassroots organiser have won her place in the pantheon of the most effective and beloved leaders of the global environmental movement.
    -Robert F. Kennedy Jr., environmental lawyer

    This beautifully-written memoir is a compelling narrative which should be read by everyone who loves land, life and the integrity of our precious Planet Earth.
    -Satish Kumar, Founder, Schumacher College

    Reading this book will open your mind to the causes of the deep problems we have been pushed into by the actions of a few, and give you hope and courage to reverse the downward spiral.
    -Hans R. Herren, Founder and President, Biovision Foundation

    Terra Viva is one of the most remarkable books I have ever read. It is an awe-inspiring tale of multiple struggles against multiple injustices against people and our environment? Vandana?s life story shows that she is one of our most extraordinary leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Martin Luther King.
    -Andr? Leu, International Director, Regeneration International

    Terra Viva chronicles Vandana?s thoughts, knowledge, convictions, and a sustained commitment to movement-building and maintenance of life. Thank you, Vandana, for the generous offering of this testament, this living book, this sharing of your life.
    -Nnimmo Bassey, author of To Cook a Continent: Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa
    ISBN: 97896978345188
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle: MY LIFE IN A BIODIVERSITY OF MOVEMENTS

    Author: VANDANA SHIVA

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  • PANDEMIC!

    As an unprecedented global pandemic sweeps the planet, who better than the supercharged Slovenian philosopher Slavoj ?i?ek to uncover its deeper meanings, marvel at its mind-boggling paradoxes and speculate on the profundity of its consequences?

    We live in a moment when the greatest act of love is to stay distant from the object of your affection. When governments renowned for ruthless cuts in public spending can suddenly conjure up trillions. When toilet paper becomes a commodity as precious as diamonds. And when, according to ?i?ek, a new form of communism ? the outlines of which can already be seen in the very heartlands of neoliberalism ? may be the only way of averting a descent into global barbarism.

    Written with his customary brio and love of analogies in popular culture (Quentin Tarantino and H. G. Wells sit next to Hegel and Marx), ?i?ek provides a concise and provocative snapshot of the crisis as it widens, engulfing us all.
    ISBN: 9789697834136
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle: COVID-19 SHAKES THE WORLD
    Author: SLAVOJ ZIZEK

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