Wednesday 22 January 18:00 - 20:00

Aga Khan Centre (Atrium Conference Room, 1st floor)
10 Handyside Street

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Book Launch - Political Kinship in Pakistan

Government & Politics

Book launch of "Political Kinship in Pakistan: Descent, Marriage and Government Stability" by Professor Stephen M. Lyon.

In Political Kinship in Pakistan, Stephen M. Lyon illustrates how contemporary politics in Pakistan are built on complex kinship networks created through marriage and descent relations. Lyon points to kinship as a critical mechanism for understanding both Pakistan’s continued inability to develop strong and stable governments, and its incredible durability in the face of pressures that have led to the collapse and failure of other states around the world. Building on nearly four decades of engagement with Pakistan, this book weaves together detailed ethnographic analyses of village politics with the volatile world of national electoral office holders and their families.


Stephen M. Lyon is Professor of Anthropology and Head of Educational Programmes at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London. He has carried out extensive fieldwork in rural and urban Pakistan and has authored numerous publications on kinship, politics, education, religion and development.

The book is available for purchase on Rowman & Littlefield website.

The talk will be followed by a reception.


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