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Where the Wild Frontiers Are: Pakistan and the American Imagination Paperback – June 9, 2011

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Manan Ahmed is a historian of Islam in South Asia. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2008. Since 2009, he has taught at Freie Universität in Berlin. Currently, he is working on two monograph-length studies: "The Long Thirteenth Century of the Chachnama", and a cultural history of Pakistan. His essays and reviews on Pakistan, U.S. foreign policy, and empire have appeared in The Nation, The Guardian, The National (UAE), Express Tribune, Pakistan Today, The Caravan (New Delhi), and various online media around the world. He has also appeared numerous times on Radio and TV posing as an ‘expert’ on Pakistan or on Islam. He asks for your understanding. These are hard times we live in.

He started "Chapati Mystery" in 2004 as a space for culturally and historically situated political commentary on Pakistan. Chapati Mystery is a community of readers, critics, informed observers, people with a deep commitment to the political, the social and the humorous. Creating and sustaining that community is, Manan believes, his proudest achievement.
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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Just World Books (June 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935982060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935982067
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,649,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book gave me an amazing lively example of what it means for an academic as well as for anyone else to fight for justice. Ahmed brings political engagement to a great level of intelligence, humor and critique, proving that there is no journalism or academia possible without a sense of love and care. Facing the madness of the last 10 years of war, he is able to dismantel uncountable lies and ideological manipulations, and offer us a representation of reality that is more true, more nuanced, more vivid, and finally, more moral. Under is pen, all the empires of the world are revealed in the bare nudity of their ignorant monstrousity.
Manan Ahmed speaks the voice of people. People from Pakistan, people from around the world, people who suffered, are suffering and will probably continue to suffer, but people who struggle for their lives and dignity and will not let injustice being endlessly perpetuated. With love and care, always.
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I'm done with my studies, but if I were to ever write another forced paper on Pakistan, I would read this book and source it heavily....... or just read it to up my conversation potential at cocktail parties. It's always best to approach Pakistani politics with a line of comical cynicism and Manan Ahmed does not disappoint. I find this book to be less slanted then most in this genre, but having more confidence than just the standard, 'Islam is not bad.' rhetoric. I have a feeling this will be the first in a long series of books on the region from this author.
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