Comparing Cities

The Middle East and South Asia
Edited by Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker

The book contains a set of essays which seeks to highlight the changing social dynamics in Middle Eastern and South Asian cities. The papers rethink the gendered dimension of public spaces and investigate the relationship between the popular and the political in these regions. They also take into account how larger structural changes in South Asia and the Middle East have impacted the practices and experiences of people.

Author Description

Kamran Asdar Ali is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Middle East Studies and Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. He previously taught at the University of Rochester and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1998–99). He is the co-editor of Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa (Palgrave 2008) with Martina Rieker, with whom he also coordinates the Shehr Network on Comparative Urban Landscapes. He is the author of Planning the Family in Egypt: New Bodies, New Selves (UT Press, 2002), and has also published several articles on issues of health and gender in Egypt and on Pakistani politics and popular culture. His more recent work has been on ethnic, class, and gender issues in Pakistan and he is currently finishing a book length manuscript on the social history of the working class movement during Pakistan’s early years.


Martina Rieker is Director of the Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies at the American University in Cairo and has published articles on the politics of heritage in the Middle East. She is currently working on a project on gender, poverty, and urbanism in the global south. She coordinates the Shehr Network on Comparative Urban Landscapes with Karmran Asdar Ali. Recent edited Shehr publications include: Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa (Palgrave 2008) and a special issue of Social Text titled ‘Urban Margins: Envisioning the Contemporary Global South’, vol. 26, no. 95 (Summer 2008).

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ISBN 9780195474985
Weight in kg 0.890
Rights World
Year of Publication 2009
Binding Hardback
Pages 372

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