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Mass MediationsNew Approaches to Popular Culture in the Middle East and Beyond$
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Walter Armbrust

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219250

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219250.001.0001

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The Hairbrush and the Dagger

The Hairbrush and the Dagger

Mediating Modernity in Lahore

(p.203) Nine The Hairbrush and the Dagger
Mass Mediations
Walter Armbrust
University of California Press

This chapter demonstrates how nostalgia is organized in national narratives. The discussion focuses on Muhasira, or Siege, which is a state-produced television serial that also served as an exercise in chauvinism, and a rejection of any possibility that Muslims and Hindus could peacefully coexist. The Muhasira also portrays a month-long Indian army siege of a mosque in a disputed Kashmir province, thus showing Kashmir as wrongfully divided from Muslim Pakistan.

Keywords:   nostalgia, national narratives, Muhasira, chauvinism, Kashmir, Muslim Pakistan

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