Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies. ISSN 1946-5343 (online), published semi-annually by Pakistaniaat, peer reviewed, Open Access.
Pakistaniaat is a refereed, open access, scholarly journal including creative works, translations, and book reviews of materials about Pakistani culture, history, literature, and politics. The editors “especially encourage scholars and writers from Pakistan and Pakistani diaspora to contribute their works so that we can also serve the important purpose of showcasing the quality and intellectual vigor of scholarly and literary works by Pakistanis,” defining Pakistan “not only as a cultural and political entity but also as a fluid concept.” It is browsable by issue, author, and title, and searchable by authors, title, abstract, index terms, and full text. In addition to articles, the site includes an “Announcements” section as well as a blog. The inaugural (2009) issue contains poetry, book reviews (of Ahmed Rashid’s Descent into Chaos and Qurratulain Hyder’s River of Fire), an excerpt from a novel, a case study (“Community Learning Center Programs and Community Literacy Development in Asian and the Pacific Countries: Bangladesh, Iran, Vietnam and Pakistan as Case Studies”), articles (“The Mediatization of Politics in Pakistan: A Structural Analysis,” “HOSHRUBA: The Land and the Tilism”), and an interview (“Shattering the Stereotypes: An Interview with Fawzia Afzal-Khan”). There’s a citing feature embedded in the site, too.
Although there is more original creative material in this first issue than there is scholarly material, I recommend librarians supporting South Asian collections be aware of and familiar with this title. If subsequent issue are as rich as the first, this promises to be an excellent source of current cultural material on Pakistan.
Pakistaniaat will be published 3 times annually from 2010 onward. (Ga), (Ac), (Sa)
By Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA