Month: December 2020

Desi Delicacies explores culinary history in Muslim South Asia

Editor | Culture Here is a delectable anthology of food writing exploring the histories and cultures of Muslim South Asia. Contributors include Nadeem Aslam, Rana Safvi, Tabish Khair, Annie Zaidi, Sarvat Hasin, Tarana Husain Khan, Sadaf Hussain, Rosie Dastgir, and others. The kitchen is often the heart of South Asian homes. Muslim South Asian kitchens,

The role of prostitutes in Indian Sex Life: Durba Mitra takes a look

Editor | History During the colonial period in India, European scholars, British officials, and elite Indian intellectuals—philologists, administrators, doctors, ethnologists, sociologists, and social critics—deployed ideas about sexuality to understand modern Indian society. In Indian Sex Life, Durba Mitra shows how deviant female sexuality, particularly the concept of the prostitute, became foundational to this knowledge project

Ruttie Jinnah, The Woman Who Stood Defiant

Editor | History Did Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s wife, Ruttie, impact the creation of Pakistan? Did she have a posthumous influence on Pakistan’s polity? Does her legacy still affect Indo-Pak relations? Ruttie Jinnah was a fierce nationalist in her own right, and a proactive political companion to her husband. According to Jinnah’s contemporary political leader Sarojini