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Arts: Fiction and Fiction Writers: Pakistan
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In South Asia, English was acquired as a result of the colonial encounter and continued to be the language of government after 1947 in the newly independent countries of India and Pakistan. The first work of English fiction ever written by a Pakistani was Mumtaz Shahnawaz’s posthumously published novel, The Heart Divided (1959). Contemporary Eng…

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Shamsie, Muneeza, “Arts: Fiction and Fiction Writers: Pakistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_001408>
First published online: 2011

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