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Feminism for the 99%

 799  679
Release date: March 08, 2020

This is the Manifesto for the 99 percent

Unaffordable housing, poverty wages, inadequate healthcare, border policing, climate change—these are not what you ordinarily hear feminists talking about. But aren’t they the biggest issues for the vast majority of women around the globe?

Taking as its inspiration the new wave of feminist militancy that has erupted globally, this manifesto makes a simple but powerful case: feminism shouldn’t start—or stop—with the drive to have women represented at the top of their professions. It must focus on those at the bottom, and fght for the world they deserve. And that means targeting capitalism. Feminism must be anticapitalist, eco-socialist and antiracist.

 

Cinzia Arruzza

is Associate Professor of Philosophy at theNew School for Social Research. She was oneof the main organizers of the InternationalWomen’s Strike in the United States andis a member of the editorial collective of Viewpoint Magazine.

 

Tithi Bhattacharya

is Associate Professor and Director of GlobalStudies at Purdue University.She was oneof the main organizers of the InternationalWomen’s Strike in the United Statesand ison the editorial board of theInternational Socialist Review.

 

Nancy Fraser

is Henry and Louise A. Loeb Professor ofPhilosophy and Politics at the New Schoolfor Social Research. A vocal supporter of theInternational Women’s Strike, she coined thephrase “feminism for the 99 percent.”

Publisher: Folio Books

Division: Folio Classics

Binding: Hardback (Cloth Cover)

Publishing date: March 08, 2020

Pages: 96

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Wild Boar In The Cane Field

 995  845

Rs.995.00

 

In a world of magic realism, a fly-covered baby girl is found and raised by two mothers in a village rife with rituals and superstition. She pursues acceptance at all costs, while the villagers seek sanctity at a shrine dedicated to the Keeper of the Flies, which is separated from the village by a threatening cane field.

 

REVIEWS

“Rana gives us a compelling and rare glimpse into the life of rural Pakistan in her novel Wild Boar in the Cane Field.”― BAPSI SIDHWA, author of The Crow Eaters and City of Sin and Splendour: Writings on Lahore

 

“Here we are gifted a world that is vibrant and richly imagined. The narrative voice is tender and patient in its portrayal of how tradition touches modernity, how the ancients sway the imaginations of the young.”— SHANTI SEKARAN, author of The Prayer Room and Lucky Boy

 

“An astonishing novel that transports the reader to rural Pakistan. The author paints a vivid picture that shocks and enthralls. Rural Pakistan is seldom written about—and even when it is, the overall effect isn’t convincing. With a host of unforgettable characters and a gripping plot, Wild Boar in the Cane Field towers over other contemporary literature. This is a debut you will fall in love with.”— AWAIS KHAN, author of In the Company of Strangers

 

“Immersive and intense, Wild Boar in the Cane Field, a novel by Anniqua Rana, explores the resilience of one woman’s spirit in the face of adversity.”― NRI Pulse

 

“Rana’s words echo long after the book is over as one mourns over the losses faced by her characters in the course of the narrative. The emotions are intense and extremely powerful. One can find oneself cheering for Saffiya and Bhaggan as they battle their way through a painful existence, riddled with blind beliefs and superstition… This book is a treat to devour from start to finish. Everything about it is vivid.”― KITAAB.ORG

 

“Rana is a vivid writer with a talent for evocative metaphors . ”— Kirkus Reviews

 

 

Publisher: Folio Books

Binding: Paperback

Publishing date: December 2019

Pages: 238

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Rethinking Pakistan: A 21st Century Perspective

 1,495  1,270

“Rethinking Pakistan brings together some of the best minds of the country and invites them to reflect upon the most pressing issues that it is facing in all spheres – including politics, external relations, environment, human rights, gender relations, religious fundamentalism, education, freedom of expression … It is a most valuable collection that is highly accessible to everyone.”
Christophe Jaffrelot—Professor, Sciences Po; Author, The Pakistan Paradox

“Rethinking Pakistan is a wide-ranging analytical dissection of the Pakistani polity and offers a well-meaning, progressive prescription for present-day Pakistan, stitched together by an eclectic list of experts spanning diverse backgrounds and subjects. From energy self- sufficiency and scientific development to freedom of the press and the essential question of the dominance of the military over civilian affairs, this compendium offers a suitable guide for anyone who seeks to understand the striking mix of contemporary and historic challenges faced by Pakistan in the 21st century. A must-read on Pakistan’s contemporary realities and future prospects.”
Shashi Tharoor—Ex-Foreign Minister, India; Author, An Era of Darkness

“The book sets up an unfamiliar but authentic diagnostic mosaic of Pakistan that the state prefers ignoring. It collects and presents the genius that Pakistan sets aside, stretched out on its ideological bed of repeated blunders. What emerges is an intensely original view from the marginalised intellect the world recognises as Pakistan’s survival kit.”
Khaled Ahmed—Consulting Editor, Newsweek Pakistan; Author, Pakistan: The State in Crisis

 

ISBN: 978-969-7834-06-8
Edition: 1stPublisher: Folio BooksRights: World WorldPublishing date: March 2019Binding: Hardback

Pages: 368

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Faith and Feminism in Pakistan

 1,195  1,015

Rs.1195.00

Are secular aims, politics, and sensibilities impossible, undesirable and impracticable for Muslims and Islamic states? Should Muslim women be exempted from feminist attempts at liberation from patriarchy and its various expressions under Islamic laws and customs? Considerable literature on the entanglements of Islam and secularism has been produced in the post-9/11 decade and a large proportion of it deals with the “Woman Question”. Many commentators critique “the secular” and “Western feminism,” and the racialising backlash that accompanied the occupation of Muslim countries during the “War on Terror” military campaign launched by the U.S. government after the September 11 attacks in 2001. Implicit in many of these critical works is the suggestion that it is Western secular feminism that is the motivating driver and permanent collaborator – along with other feminists, secularists and human rights activists in Muslim countries – that sustains the West’s actual and metaphorical “war on Islam and Muslims.” Faith and Feminism addresses this post-9/11 critical trope and its implications for women’s movements in Muslim contexts. The relevance of secular feminist activism is illustrated with reference to some of the nation-wide, working-class women’s movements that have surged throughout Pakistan under religious militancy: polio vaccinators, health workers, politicians, peasants and artists have been directly targeted, even assassinated, for their service and commitment to liberal ideals. Afiya Zia contends that Muslim women’s piety is no threat against the dominant political patriarchy, but their secular autonomy promises transformative changes for the population at large, and thereby effectively challenges Muslim male dominance.

 

Publisher: Folio Books

Binding: Paperback

ISBN: 978-969-7834-00-6

Publishing date: May 2018

Pages: 249

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Strong Men

 595  297

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The monsters have returned. They are led by strong men – by Trump, by Modi, by Erdoğan, by Duterte and by others. But these are not really strong men. These are men who pretend to be strong, who hide behind ugly rhetoric that befuddles the masses, but who are nothing other than cowardly when it comes to social reality. Rather than confront the difficult problems that face us – problems of unemployment and starvation, humiliation and inequality – they take refuge in an easy rhetoric of hate. It is so much easier to hate than to spend the time necessary to build the ramparts of a future world, one where the catastrophic social problems of today no longer define human existence. But the monsters of today – the morbid symptoms of this period of transition – do not care to tackle the problems of society. They blink at them, nod at them, and then move on to harsher prescriptions.

 

Publisher: Folio Books

Binding: Paperback

ISBN: 978-969-7834-01-3

Publishing date: May 2018

Pages: 101

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No Fortunes to Tell

 595  297
By Harris Khalque

“Harris Khalique explores with self-contained mastery the contrasts between official and untold history; the almost magical crudity of poetical observation aspires here to heal the well-spring of common stories where customary meaning loses its grip and absurdity finally makes sense.”
Omar Pérez—Essayist, Editor (Son of Ernesto Che Guevara)

“In No Fortunes to Tell, the poet records his experience of the world with brutal candour. His poems speak with chill detachment of war and its horror, destitution and disease and the dehumanisation of the poor. Beneath the matter of fact tone, spare language and austerity of the writing, there is pain for the human lot. This is a poetry that moves even as it terrifies and shocks. It shuns lyricism because the truth is too bitter to bear prettification or musical colour. ”
Adrian A. Husain —Poet, Author of Desert Album and Italian Window, Renaissance scholar, known for his Politics and Genre in Hamlet

“No Fortunes to Tell opens windows into a mind, one determined to confront its hauntings. Harris Khalique pays his respects to the shades of events that frighten us, leave communities unsettled and provoke our most necessary acts of love. His meditations refract violence, each abstracting human need from a detailed portrait of sorrow.”
Kristin Dykstra—Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, St Michael’s College, Vermont

“In precise, striking language Harris Khalique’s poems grapple with the great tragedies and moral questions of our time. He reveals Aleppo, Yemen and Waziristan as no reporter can, as only a poet can. A marsiya for our broken world.”
Basharat Peer—Author Curfewed Night

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harris Khalique is a leading Urdu and English language poet. He is also an essayist and columnist. During the 1980s and 1990s, some of his poems faced censorship in Pakistan. Anthologised and published internationally, he is translated into several languages and his poetry is composed to music and dance. He is a University of Iowa Honorary Fellow in Writing and has spoken and written widely on themes straddling literature, politics, history and human rights. He is the recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance – one of the highest civilian honours in Pakistan – and the UBL Literary Excellence Award.

Azadi’s Daughter

 895

Rs.895.00

“But strangely enough, I find all my identities under threat today. As a woman, as a journalist, as a Muslim, as a secularist, as a liberal and even as an Indian because the Idea of India as envisaged by those who led the struggle for Independence, and enshrined in the Constitution with all its guarantees and its protection, is under threat.”

A fascinating account of an audacious woman’s journey and a rapidly vanishing way of life, Azadi’s Daughter is both a personal memoir and a political commentary. Journalist Seema Mustafa writes evocatively of the secular, pluralist India of the 1960s and ’70s, chronicling her life as a Muslim woman born into the nationalist, progressive Kidwai family in Lucknow. As a child, her life was untouched by communalism, and even as she realizes that this was not the case for many, her book is a testament to the syncretic nature of secularism, in which a staunchly Muslim household was not limited to conservative interpretations of Islam.

Seema Mustafa incisively charts the events which have slowly begun to erode this tolerant, diverse ethos—the government’s handling of the Shah Bano case in the 1980s, the demolition of the Babri Masjid in the 1990s, the mass arrests and torture of Indian Muslim youth in the aftermath of the 9/11 bombings, and the Gujarat riots of the 2000s. She also examines the current state of secularism where people face marginalization and the threat of violence merely for exercising their right to religion, to livelihood and even to what they eat.

This book should set to rest lazy assumptions about Indian Muslims, and women in particular. Even as it highlights the dominant concerns of Indian Muslims—security, employment, education, housing—it also underlines their abiding faith in Indian democracy and its pluralistic ethos. A memoir that defies old assumptions and prejudices, Azadi’s Daughter is an important account of Indian Muslims in the modern world.

Publisher: Folio Books
Binding: Paperback
Publishing date: July 2018
Pages: 208

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The Hollow Kingdom

 995

Rs.995.00

Governments across the world openly acknowledge the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as one of the greatest terrorist threats in history, greater even than Al Qaeda, which first set light to a global jihad. Never before has there been such a wealth of information, propaganda and counter-propaganda available on the subject, especially on the Internet. And yet, in all the noise, there’s confusion. This book draws on thorough research and rare interviews to deconstruct the founding ideology of ISIS and chart its growth: how it recruits, using the Dark Web to indoctrinate the disaffected and the emotionally vulnerable across the world; how it has spread globally, using violence as theatre and making secret pacts with cynical governments; and how it finances itself—through sale of oil, extortion and slave trade. The book also examines how this terrorist state is being dismantled by an unlikely coalition of forces from the Middle East and the West, even as it warns that the nationalist chauvinism and economic protectionism sweeping the world today could provide new fuel to ISIS and its ideology.

Rigorous and insightful, The Hollow Kingdom is a necessary read—a compelling mix of research and reportage.

 

Publisher: Folio Books

Binding: Paperback

Publishing date: June 2018

Pages: 264

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From Alliance To Union

 1,195

Rs.1195.00

After the conservative Arab Gulf Monarchies – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – joined forces on 25 May 1981 within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), few fathomed that security requirements on and around the Arabian Peninsula would be so precarious. To answer their search for permanent stability, Arab Gulf rulers erected a regional alliance that sought to integrate internal and regional defenses, as well as strengthen their existing socio-economic ties.

 

Publisher: Folio Books

Binding: Paperback

Publishing date: August 2018

Pages: 380

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Oh, Let Me Return!

 750

Rs.750.00

This Collection of nature poems of China includes nearly 250 poems by thirty-three poets over two millennia. Part One provides selections from the two oldest anthologies: the Shi Jing (“Classic of Songs”) and the Chu Ci (“Songs of the South”). Included in this part are folk songs of Ancient China as well as two long poems by Qu Yuan (340? – 278? BCE), the first known poet of China. Part Two begins with Tao Yuanming of the Easter Jin (317 – 420) and includes not only the well-known poets of Tang (618-906) and Song (960-1279) periods, such as Wang Wei, Li Bai, Du Fu, Bai Juyi, Su Shi and Lu You, but also twenty lesser known poets.

 

Publisher: Folio Books

Binding: Paperback

Publishing date: June 2018

Pages: 222

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Lost In Translation

 995

Rs.995.00

Following the much-publicized self-immolation of Muhammad Bouazizi on December 18, 2010, a tempestuous succession of demonstrations, revolutions and civil wars swept the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. These events, collectively referred to as the “Arab Spring” spread contagiously throughout the Middle East and the Maghreb. However, for autocratic states, instead of ushering in tidy transitions of power, the revolutions and uprising descended into chaos, greatly complicating the task of analysts and historians attempting to make sense of the events. Has the Arab Spring brought much-needed change to the Arab people or will instability and turmoil preserve a perpetual state of “Arab Winter”.

 

Publisher: Folio Books

Binding: Paperback

Publishing date: July 2018

Pages: 272

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The Communist Manifesto

 250  125

Rs.250.00

The Communist Manifesto, first published in London in 1848, stands as one of the most influential and revolutionary political swathes of all time. Seeing global capitalism entrenched in its modern form of neoliberalism in the ‘90s, many of the world’s economic and political pundits started perceiving its triumph as permanent. It was only after another episodic crisis of capitalism hit the world in the first decade of twenty-first century that the perceptions started changing. Marx and Engels became relevant again. With the right-wing populism wave sweeping the world and the growth in appetite for alternative models, The Communist Manifesto has emerged as a work of great foreknowledge, a guiding light for people who want to fight economic imperialism and oppressive class structures.
‘As a force for change, its influence has been surpassed only by the Bible. As a piece of writing, it is a masterpiece’ — Guardian

 

Publisher: Folio Books

Division: Folio Classics

Binding: Paperback

Publishing date: April 2018

Pages: 64

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Animal Farm

 295

Rs.295.00

A wake-up fable that chronicles the events of Russian Revolution, Animal Farm is larger than its text, stronger than its strongest character and as brutal in its depiction as the regime it allegorizes. Coming from the pen of the ultimate whistle-blower, George Orwell, it counters the spurious impression that revolutions bring improvement. The sly sloganeering of the pigs against their oppressive owner begins with the truth that ‘all animals are equal’ and ends in the post-truth rhetoric that ‘some animals are more equal than others’, testifying that Animal Farm has all the trappings of an eye-opening political treatise that transcends the space-time continuum in its relevance.

 

Publisher: Folio Books

Division: Folio Classics

Binding: Paperback

Publishing date: June 2018

Pages: 115

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The CSS Wisdom

 950  825

By Bilal Zahoor

Rs.950.00

 

REVIEWS

“Quotations serve as an instrumental source not only to convey targetted content in an articulate manner but also as a source of learning about complex ideas. This book, The CSS Wisdom, perfectly consolidates several important quotations for the ease and benefit of CSS aspirants and would definitely serve as an effective resource for the aspirants adding to the quality of their performance in the exam.” M. Awaid Irshad (1st position, CSS 2017)

 

“A much awaited compendium of credible quotations and excerpts that an aspirant of competitive examination needs and a shortest possible yet most effective way to cover intellectual deficit.” Hamood Ranjha (7th position, CSS 2016)

 

“There has been a long-felt need for a book that could condense some quality scholarly works on diverse and significant topics at a single place. And here comes The CSS Wisdom, edited by Bilal Zahoor. The book contains quotes and excerpts on varied contemporary political, social and economic issues that every reader and CSS/PMS aspirant should go through. Besides, this book will inculcate among readers a critical and analytical approach to understanding the world around them. I highly recommend this book to my students who are preparing for competitive exams, and my friends who want to equip themselves with progressive knowledge.” Ali Imran Rajput (Asst Commissioner, New Karachi, and a CSS Mentor)

 

“In times when most of the guidebooks for CSS aspirants are constipated with stodgy ideas, unfounded arguments and plagiarised knowledge, not to mention the mishandling of English language, Folio Books has taken up the responsibility to hand over, to the seekers of knowledge, the books that can not only be shelved but also ‘chewed’. The CSS Wisdom is an effort to bind together credible progressive views on some of the most significant contemporary topics. This treasure-trove of knowledge is certainly the forerunner of success.” Fatima Batool (Asst Professor FGEIs, and a CSS Mentor)

 

 

Publisher: Folio Books

Division: Folio Course Books

Binding: Paperback

Publishing date: December 2019

Pages: 272

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The CSS Companion: 200 Concepts Every Aspirant Should Know

 950  825

By Bilal Zahoor, Aneeq Ejaz and Abrahim Shah

Rs.950.00

 

REVIEWS

“An invaluable volume for the candidates for public service examinations and post graduate degrees. One of the major requirements for success in CSS and other such competitive examinations is clarity on essential concepts related to social sciences and humanities. This book caters to this imperative and hence a must read.” Raza Ahmad Rumi (1st position CSS 1994)

 

“Apart from exploring popular concepts, this book does a phenomenal job in bringing to fore terms and phenomena that are novel to most CSS aspirants. This will become a go-to book for those interested in developing informed opinion.” Prof. Dr. Talat Sohail (Director, Women Institute of Leadership and Learning, Lahore College for Women University)

 

“This book would serve as an instrumental tool for CSS aspirants in their preparation process. Its content as well as its format is enriching for the aspirants bringing the relevant material into one coherent book.” M. Awaid Irshad (1st position CSS 2017)

 

“Intellectually engaging and all- encompassing, this treatise is a one stop destination for curious minds in general and CSS aspirants in particular.” Hassaan Ahsan (22nd position CSS 2016)

 

 

Publisher: Folio Books

Division: Folio Course Books

Binding: Paperback

Publishing date: January 2019

Pages: 316

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Acing CSS

 795

Rs.795.00

One of the biggest challenges a CSS candidate faces is developing a sound knowledge base of the most important sociopolitical and economic debates, multidisciplinary concepts and issues facing the world in general and Pakistan in particular. Overcoming this challenge not only requires thousands of hours of studying books, newspapers, periodicals and journals, but also needs significant financial resources. Even if someone is ready to tread this difficult path, there are not many quality books available in the market for CSS aspirants. In fact, the book shops and online stores are flooded with guide books having plagiarized content, shoddy editing and poor book design. This book has been created to solve this particular problem and has been tailored to the unique needs of CSS applicants. Immense amount of time has been spent in the process that involved complications such as choosing the relevant yet credible books to examine, thoroughly comprehending them and, most important, penning down the kernel of arguments put forth by the authors. Acing CSS contains the analyses of forty-five chosen books in the form of two hundred and seventy takeaways. With the aim to provide the young aspirants with original, authentic and diverse content, the book is inundated with scholarly perspectives on issues that matters to CSS aspirants.

 

Publisher: Folio Books

Division: Folio Course Books

Binding: Paperback

Publishing date: December 2018

Pages: 260

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