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Visiting professor, scholar to speak on the politics of the Kashmir Valley
Photos and Story by Kate Chester
Nyla Ali Khan, a visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma and scholar of Kashmir, will visit Portland Community College on April 12 and 13 to give a presentation, “Kashmir: The Politics and History of a People,” courtesy of the college’s Internationalization Initiative. Free and open to the public, the talk will focus on this forgotten yet integral part of the world that serves as a hub of violence between India and Pakistan.
On Thursday, April 12, Khan will speak from 2- 3 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center Lobby, Sylvania Campus. On Friday, April 13, she will speak from 10-11 a.m., in Room 225, Building 3, Rock Creek Campus.
Official figures register 3,400 people as “missing” in Kashmir and as of July 2009, more than 47,000 are tallied as dead. Indian Police and Military forces are accused of human rights violations, while Pakistan is blamed for funding insurgency movements that result in additional death and sexual violence in the region.
Khan, born in New Delhi, India, grew up in the Kashmir Valley. She is the author of several books: “The Fiction of Nationality in an Era of Transnationalism,” (2005); “Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir: Between India and Pakistan” (2010); and the forthcoming book to be published in September 2012, “Parchment of Kashmir, History, Society, Polity.”
She is currently writing on her grandmother Begum Akbar Jehan Abdullah, the wife of Kashmiri leader Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah.