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Author Zakaria, Rafia, 1978- author.

Title The upstairs wife : an intimate history of Pakistan / Rafia Zakaria.

Publication Info. Boston : Beacon Press, [2015]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Coal City PL Stacks - CCBB-2  954.91 ZAK    AVAILABLE
 Rock Island Main Lib Adult Non-Fiction - RIPG-1  954.91 ZAK    AVAILABLE
 Woodstock PL Adult Non-Fiction - WOLY-11  954.9183 ZAK    AVAILABLE
Description x, 251 pages ; 24 cm
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Summary "A memoir of Karachi through the eyes of its women. Rafia Zakaria's Muslim-Indian family immigrated to Pakistan from Bombay in 1962, feeling the situation for Muslims in India was precarious and that Pakistan represented enormous promise. And for some time it did. Her family prospered, and the city prospered. But in the 1980s, Pakistan's military dictators began an Islamization campaign designed to legitimate their rule--a campaign that particularly affected women. The political became personal for Zakaria's family when her Aunt Amina's husband did the unthinkable and took a second wife, a betrayal of kin and custom that shook the foundation of her family. The Upstairs Wife dissects the complex strands of Pakistani history, from the problematic legacies of colonialism to the beginnings of terrorist violence to increasing misogyny, interweaving them with the arc of Amina's life to reveal the personal costs behind ever-more restrictive religious edicts and cultural conventions. As Amina struggles to reconcile with a marriage and a life that had fallen below her expectations, we come to know the dreams and aspirations of the people of Karachi and the challenges of loving it not as an imagined city of Muslim fulfillment but as a real city of contradictions and challenges"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Prologue -- The Return -- Birth of a Nation -- The Scent of Other Cities -- A Suburban Wedding -- Half a Wife -- The Woman in Charge -- The Graveyards of Karachi -- Loving and Leaving -- A Return to the Original -- Epilogue.
Subject Zakaria, Rafia, 1978- -- Family.
Karachi (Pakistan) -- Biography.
Aunts -- Pakistan -- Karachi -- Biography.
Muslim women -- Pakistan -- Karachi -- Biography.
Polygamy -- Social aspects -- Pakistan -- Karachi.
Women -- Pakistan -- Social conditions.
Misogyny -- Pakistan.
Pakistan -- Social conditions.
Pakistan -- History.
Pakistan -- Religious life and customs.
RELIGION / Islam / General.
ISBN 9780807003367 hardback acid-free paper
0807003360 hardback acid-free paper

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