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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

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(p.203) Nine The Hairbrush and the Dagger
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Mass Mediations
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Walter Armbrust
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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520219250.003.0009

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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