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Saadia Toor


New Texts Out Now: Saadia Toor, "The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan"

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Saadia Toor, The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan. London and New York: Pluto Press, 2011. Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Saadia Toor: I felt compelled to write this book because of the increasingly disturbing discourse on Pakistan in the West, both within the media and within academia. There is a mixture of incomprehension and hawkishness in this discourse when it comes to Pakistan, which is extremely dangerous given the increasing ...

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Saadia Toor


Saadia Toor is the author of State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan, and is Associate Professor of  Sociology at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. She has a long history of work within progressive political organisations and groups in Pakistan such as the Women's Action Forum and the Mazdoor Kissan Party. Among her other publications are articles in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Cultural Dynamics, and Child Labor World Atlas: A Reference Encyclopedia, among other venues. Her scholarship revolves around issues of culture, nationalism, gender/sexuality, state formation, and international political economy.