Khwaja Sira Activism The Politics of Gender Ambiguity in Pakistan

  title={Khwaja Sira Activism The Politics of Gender Ambiguity in Pakistan},
  author={Faris Khan},
This essay examines an instance of media activism by members of a Karachi-based organization run by and for nonnormatively gendered people who are known as khwaja siras. By providing both ethnographic analysis and a genderqueer feminist reading of the group’s strategies for resisting categorization and surveillance through practices of gender ambiguity, this essay argues for the potential of khwaja sira politics to produce radical subjectivity. 

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De-Indianizing Hijra

  • A. Hossain
  • Sociology
    TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly
  • 2018
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Performing Piety in Pakistan's Transgender Rights Movement

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  • M. Peletz
  • Sociology
    Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • 2021
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The Pakistan Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act of 2018 and its Impact on the Law of Gender in Pakistan

  • J. Redding
  • Political Science
    SSRN Electronic Journal
  • 2019
In May 2018, Pakistan’s Parliament approved the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2018. The law was enacted following nine years of concerted judicial activity, public discussion, and

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The Traffic in Women: Notes on the "Political Economy" of Sex

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The Will Not to Know: Islamic Accommodations of Male Homosexuality.

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