Student blog of the Stanford University Urban Studies Department

Event: Ecumenical Maps and Sectarian Mosques in Islamabad

Via Stanford Anthropology:

What: “Ecumenical Maps and Sectarian Mosques in Islamabad” with Matthew Hull of the University of Michigan

When: Monday, May 9, 3:15-5 p.m.

Where: Building 50, Room 51A


The Islamization program of the Pakistan state in the late 1970s generated new demands for mosques and conflict over their sectarian allocation in Islamabad. City planning map shave played a central role in this process, shaping sectarian claims against the government for mosques and facilitating the takeover of land. The use of maps to thwart government planning and administrative policies on the provision of mosques shows the political ambiguities of governance technologies like maps that are treated purely as instruments of state control. The role of maps in this context also highlights the importance of maps as material artifacts.



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