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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press; New edition (1 November 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812215923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812215922
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Highly recommended."--Library Journal

"Mahmood brilliantly interweaves Sikh militants' narratives--their aspirations, fears, beliefs, and actions--with an understanding of India's Khalistan movement in particular and of contemporary political conflict in general. . . . Fighting for Faith and Nation provides the theoretical and methodological tools for understanding the politics of violence and militancy and the troubled concepts of nation and freedom. More important, it provides a sensitive and responsible approach to difficult and contentious issues--to matters, literally, of life and death."--Carolyn Nordstrom, University of California, Berkeley

"A stunning presentation of narrative ethnography, achieving the remarkable feat of forcing the reader to enter into the world--and the world view--of those whom most of us would regard as terrorists. The issues this book raises cannot be ignored."--Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California, Santa Barbara

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"The ethnic and religious violence that characterizes the late twentieth century calls for new ways of thinking and writing about politics. Listening to the voices of people who experience political violence - either as victims or as perpetrators - gives new insights into both the sources of violent conflict and the potential for its resolution."--BOOK JACKET. "Going beyond such easy labels as "fundamentalism" and "terrorism, " Mahmood shows how complex and multifaceted the human experience of political violence actually is. Drawing on her extensive interviews and conversations with Sikh militants, she presents their accounts of the human rights abuses they suffer in India as well as their explanations of the philosophical tradition of martyrdom and meaningful death in the Sikh faith. While demonstrating how divergent the worldviews of participants in a conflict can be, Fighting for Faith and Nation gives reason to hope that our essential common humanity may provide grounds for a pragmatic resolution of conflicts like the one in Punjab, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the past fifteen years."--BOOK JACKET.

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