"What a pleasure to read, view, and ponder! Elias has made a major contribution to South Asian visual culture." --Andy Rotman, Associate Professor of Religion, Smith College
"A brilliant, solidly constructed study. This is a commanding work of scholarship." --David Morgan, Professor of Religion, Duke University, and Co-editor of the journal Material Religion
"At last a book that treats the emporors of Pakistan's roads with the insight they deserve. Wonderful and engrossing." --Christopher Pinney, Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture, University College London
"A phenomenal book. Sophisticated as well as lucid - and beautifully illustrated with the author's own photographic work. I recommend it as the single most important contribution to the study of Pakistani society in recent scholarship." --Shahzad Bashir, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford University
"Well illustrated and very readable. Highly recommended not only for anthropologists, but also for students of Islamic art and as well as of visual and religious studies." --Juergen W. Frembgen, Senior Curator of the Oriental Department, Munich State Museum of Ethnology
About the Author
Jamal J. Elias is Professor of Islamic Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania, and the author of Key Themes for the Study of Islam (Onewolrd 2010). The world's foremost expert on Pakistani truck art, Elias is also a photographer who has held a number of solo and group exhibitions in the US.