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Ambiguous Pakistani-Muslim Masculinities in the Diaspora: A Study of Nadeem Aslam’s Maps for Lost Lovers.

Mirza, Maryam (2017) 'Ambiguous Pakistani-Muslim Masculinities in the Diaspora: A Study of Nadeem Aslam’s Maps for Lost Lovers.', South Asian Diaspora, 9 (2). pp. 193-206.

Abstract

Nadeem Aslam’s Maps for Lost Lovers (2004) is expressly concerned with questions of gender inequality, gendered violence and religious orthodoxy within a diasporic Pakistani-Muslim community in England, which is shown to contrast sharply with the freedoms offered by the ‘modern’ host society. In examining and denouncing the brutalities against women within the community, the novel grapples with multiple manifestations of masculinity, both oppressive and oppressed. As this article demonstrates, the ambiguous portrayal in the text of British-Muslim masculinities complicates the Islam–West and orthodoxy–modernity binaries that the narrative constructs in order to condemn various forms of brutality against women, and by extension also problematises the feminist project of the novel which rests on these oppositional dichotomies.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1080/19438192.2017.1297356
Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in South Asian Diaspora. 'Mirza, Maryam (2017). Ambiguous Pakistani-Muslim Masculinities in the Diaspora: A Study of Nadeem Aslam’s Maps for Lost Lovers. South Asian Diaspora 9(2): 193-206'. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date accepted:05 December 2016
Date deposited:18 August 2021
Date of first online publication:01 March 2017
Date first made open access:18 August 2021

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