Sana Naeem

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Harvard U.

Grant number

Gr. 10618

Approve Date

September 29, 2023

Project Title

Naeem, Sana (Harvard U.) ""The Law is like a Camel's Intestines": Enduring Divorce in Peshawar's family courts"

Through an ethnographic focus on practices of waiting, making other wait, and narratives of waiting, I study how Pashtun women litigating divorce in the Peshawar family courts constitute themselves, and are constituted as, gendered citizens through their relationship with time. A focus on time highlights the nature of the encounter between multiple temporal orders and litigants’ strategic manipulations of time’s speed and tempo, within the legal process. This encounter is materialized in speech practices, material artifacts, and ethical orientations towards the spending of time. I engage the Peshawar family courts as a site where the domains of religion, culture, and state interact—in and through time—to produce socio-historically particular conceptions of gendered citizenship in postcolonial Pakistan.