This book is an anthropological study located along India's western border with Pakistan. The core arguments are situated within the context of contemporary religious nationalism, communal strife, and border politics in the state of Gujarat. It is a detailed ethno-historical account of a highly under-researched area, an exploration into the political contexts of memory, the subjective experience of place, and the socio-cultural production of a political border.
Farhana Ibrahim is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She holds a PhD in socio-cultural anthropology from Cornell University. Her current research project engages with maritime histories and merchant networks in western India, and she has published articles in journals such as Nomadic Peoples, Economic and Political Weekly and Himal South Asian.