Listening to and looking at Pakistan
This book is Uzma Aslam Khan's third novel. One of her goals as a woman and a Pakistani is to undo formulaic assumptions about her homeland as well as to aid in the struggle for self- ownership, self-representation, and intellectual recognition of women. She writes passionately about this purpose in her essay, "Women and Fiction Today."
She also urges her readers to understand the complexity that is Pakistan today by first admitting our preconceptions about it and then being willing to shed them; to listen and to look. Instead of only relying on our major news outlets, what should we listen to? Where should we look?
For a start listen to some qawali and Sufi music. At TheSufi.com
you can download free music in mp3 format and videos in mp4.
The Sabri Brothers perform qawali, a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia, particularly in areas with a historically strong Muslim presence, such as ...