Acknowl edgments
So many to thank, for their advice, encouragement, and expertise. First,
Aijaz Hussain and Parvaiz Bukhari, invaluable friends and guides.
For conversations— occasional or more sustained, in person and in
print— that extend back a de cade and have left indelible marks on this
volume: Gowhar Fazili, Muzamil Jaleel, Basharat Peer, Arif Ayaz Parrey,
Mohamad Junaid, Fayaz Ahmed Dar, Nawaz Gul Qanungo, Saiba
Varma, Mona Bhan, Cabeiri Robinson, Simona Sawhney, Idrees Kanth,
Shalini Advani, Neeladri Bhattacharya, Rohit Chopra, Brijraj Singh,
Sundeep Dougal, Antoinette Burton, Arjun Appadurai, Mukul Kesa-
van, and Lauren Goodlad. My colleagues Max Cavitch and David Eng
enabled the third chapter, as did Shalini Advani, Michael Rothberg,
Saiba Varma and Mona Bhan. Meghna Chandra, and later, Kaushik
Ramu, helped clean it all up.
The Race and Empire Discussion Group and the Latitudes Reading
Group at the University of Pennsylvania commented on versions of these
chapters. Talks based on these essays were given at conferences or ga nized
by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
(thanks to Mallika Kaur); the Grounding Kashmir symposium at Stan-
ford University (thanks to Nosheen Ali and Thomas Blom Hansen); the
Center for Modern Indian Studies, Georg- August Universität, Göttingen
(thanks to Rupa Viswanath); The New School, New York (thanks to
Arien Mack and Arjun Appadurai); Bard College at Simon’s Rock (thanks
to Asma Abbas, David L. Gonzalez Rice and Auritro Majumder); the Unit
for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois, Urbana-
Champaign (thanks to Lauren Goodlad); and the Society for the Humani-
ties at Cornell University (thanks to Tim Murray). This book was completed
while on a Dean’s Leave from the School of Arts and Sciences— I am
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