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On Wings of Diesel

Trucks, Identity and Culture in Pakistan

Jamal J. Elias

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.

  • Publication date: April 1, 2011
  • ISBN: 9781851688111
  • RRP: £29.99
  • Pages: 336
  • Publication date: April 1, 2011
  • ISBN: 9781851687497
  • RRP: £60.00
  • Pages: 268

Jamal J. Elias

Jamal J. Elias is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Class of 1965 Endowed Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. A specialist in Islamic thought and society, he has written and lectured widely on religion, art, and material culture in the Islamic world, as well as on Sufi philosophy and history and Qur’anic studies.

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