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Intimate Connections: Love and Marriage in Pakistan’s High Mountains
by Anna-Maria Walter
Rutgers University Press, 2022
Paper: 978-1-9788-2048-7 | Cloth: 978-1-9788-2049-4 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-2050-0
Library of Congress Classification HQ930.5.W35 2022
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.7095491

Intimate Connections dissects ideas, feelings, and practices around love, marriage, and respectability in the remote high mountains of Gilgit-Baltistan in northern Pakistan. It offers insightful perspectives from the emotional lives of Shia women and their active engagement with their husbands. These gender relations are shaped by countless factors, including embodied values of modesty and honor, vernacular fairy tales and Bollywood movies, Islamic revivalism and development initiatives. In particular, the advent of media and communication technologies has left a mark on (pre)marital relations in both South Asia and the wider Muslim world. Juxtaposing different understandings of ‘love’ reveals rich and manifold worlds of courtship, elopements, family dynamics, and more or less affectionate matches that are nowadays often initiated through SMS. Deep ethnographic accounts trace the relationships between young couples to show how Muslim women in a globalized world dynamically frame and negotiate circumstances in their lives.

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