SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

Pious, populist political masculinities and resistance in Pakistan

Afiya Zia
Afiya Zia

Date: 19 May 2021Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 19 May 2021Time: 4:30 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Virtual Webinar


A presentation on the historic evolution of ideal Muslim political masculinities in precolonial India and the encounters with Hindu asceticism in nationalist movements under colonialism. I discuss how these are replayed in the populist leadership of the current Prime Ministers of Pakistan (Imran Khan), and India (Narendra Modi). While both brands of populist masculinities undermine democratic norms and silence dissent in their respective nations, these also inspire feminist resistance and subversive subaltern masculinities that resist an overarching regional ‘hegemonic masculinity'.

Dr. Afiya Shehrbano Zia is a feminist scholar based in Pakistan and author of Faith and Feminism in Pakistan (SAP 2018).


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Organiser: In association with SOAS Centre for Pakistan

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