On Wings of Diesel

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On Wings of Diesel: Identity, Imagination and Truck Decoration in Pakistan. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2011.

Illustrated with beautiful colour photos throughout, On Wings of Diesel takes us on a journey through the fascinating world of Pakistani truck decoration. Considered as moving art, these trucks-veritable roving exhibitions-depict all aspects of life and support a highly developed artisanal industry. Exploring the significance of the practice, Jamal J. Elias provides a unique window on Pakistan, and addresses complex questions of culture, society, and religion in an accessible and entertaining way.


"A brilliant, solidly constructed study. This is a commanding work of scholarship." - David Morgan, Duke University

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