On Wings of Diesel

Pages: 268
Subject: History, Art, Religion
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: col. ill

On Wings of Diesel

Trucks, Identity and Culture in Pakistan

Jamal J. Elias

An intriguing journey into the visually stunning world of ~Pakistani truck decoration.
9781851688111 (1 Apr 2011)
RRP £29.99 / US$45.00

The Book

Illustrated with beautiful colour photos throughout, On Wings of Diesel takes us on a journey through the fascinating world of Pakistani truck decoration. Ornately adorned and considered as moving artA", these trucks - veritable roving exhibitions - depict all aspects of life and support a highly developed artisanal industry. Examining designs and motifs, the cultural significance of the practice, and the motivations of truck owners, Jamal J. Elias provides a unique window on Pakistan's complex society that addresses questions of culture and religion in an accessible and exciting way.

Additional Information

Subject History, Art, Religion
Pages 268
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations col. ill


About the Author

Jamal J. Elias is Professor of Islamic Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania, and the author of Key Themes for the Study of Islam (Onewolrd 2010). The world's foremost expert on Pakistani truck art, Elias is also a photographer who has held a number of solo and group exhibitions in the US.

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