Body of Victim, Body of Warrior Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists

ISBN-10: 0520274210

ISBN-13: 9780520274211

Edition: 2012

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This book provides a fascinating look at the creation today's Muslim jihadist. Based on long-term field work in the disputed borderlands between Pakistan and India, Cabeiri Robinson examines the fraught social processes by which people whose lives and families have been shaped by a long history of political conflict produce and maintain a modern jihad. By interweaving historical and ethnographic evidence, the author tells the story of how 'refuge-seeking' has become a socially and politically de-valued practice in the Kashmir region, and why this devaluation has turned refugee men into potential militants. She also shows how Muslim refugees have forged an Islamic notion of "rights" as a hybrid of global political ideals by adopting the language of human rights and humanitarianism as a means to rethink their position in transnational communities. "Jihad" is no longer seen as a collective fight for the sovereignty of the Islamic polity. It is rather a personal struggle to establish the security of Muslim bodies against torture and rape. Robinson describes how this new understanding has contributed to the emerging popularization of jihad in the Kashmir region, decentered religious institutions as regulators of jihad in practice, and has turned the family into the ultimate mediator of refugee youths' entrance into militant organizations. Finally, the book provocatively challenges the idea that Islamic extremism is a natural byproduct of fundamentalist conversion, Islamist ideology, or a civilizational "clash."
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/8/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 342
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Cabeiri deBergh Robinsonis Assistant Professor of International Studies & South Asian Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington.

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Note on Names, Transliteration, and Photographs
Preface: The Kashmir Dispute and the Conflicts Within Conflict Ethnography
Introduction: The Social Production of Jihad
Between Hijarat and Jihad in Azad Kashmir
Between War and Refuge in Jammu and Kashmir: Displacement, Borders, and the Boundaries of Political Belonging
Protective Migration and Armed Struggle: Political Violence and the Limits of Victimization in Islam
The Historical Emergence of Kashmiri Refugees as Political Subjects
Forging Political Identities, 1947-1988: The South Asian Refugee Regime and Refugee Resettlement Villages
Transforming Political Identities, 1989-2001: Refugee Camps in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the International Refugee Regime
Body of Victim, Body of Warrior
Human Rights and Jihad: Victimization and the Sovereignty of the Body
The Mujahid as Family-Man: Sex, Death, and the Warrior's (Im)pure Body
Conclusion: From Muhajir to Mujahid to Jihadi in the Global Order of Things
Postscript: And, "Humanitarian Jihad"
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