4 - Sedition
A Poet, a Plot, and Pakistan’s First Conspiracy Case
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 06 January 2022
Faiz’s literary pursuits are difficult to disentangle from the wider political trajectory out of which he emerged and impacted. I argue that Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s ethical self-fashioning as a political subject was deeply rooted within Perso-Arabic, Indo-Persian, and Urdu literary traditions even as he became increasingly invested in internationalist solidarity. I show that Faiz’s poetry, deeply rooted in Urdu literary and ethical traditions and composed during incarceration and exile, demonstrated his revulsion for the narrow confines of territorial nationalism and the authoritarianism of the postcolonial state.
- Hidden Histories of PakistanCensorship, Literature, and Secular Nationalism in Late Colonial India, pp. 151 - 198Publisher: Cambridge University PressPrint publication year: 2022