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Body of Victim, Body of WarriorRefugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists$
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Cabeiri deBergh Robinson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274204

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274204.001.0001

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The Social Production of Jihād

The Social Production of Jihād

(p.1) Introduction The Social Production of Jihād
Body of Victim, Body of Warrior

Cabeiri deBergh Robinson

University of California Press

This book explores the social production of jihād among refugees who occupy a transnational space in the borderlands between Pakistan and India. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in 1998–2008, it considers how Kashmiri Muslim refugees adopted the language of human rights and humanitarianism to rethink their position in relation to wider regional, transnational, and global communities. The book shows how important it is for Kashmiri refugees to become mujāhids (warriors) and participate in a jihād (armed struggle) as a way to defend their families and to make it possible to return to their homes. It also examines how Kashmiri Muslim refugees reformulated the Kashmir Jihad as a project legitimized by the need to protect the bodies of Muslim people against torture and sexual violence.

Keywords:   jihād, Kashmiri refugee, Pakistan, India, human rights, humanitarianism, Kashmir Jihad, sexual violence, mujāhids

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