Mohsin Hamid on the rise of nationalism: ‘In the land of the pure, no one is pure enough’ | Curio

Mohsin Hamid on the rise of nationalism: ‘In the land of the pure, no one is pure enough’

14 mins | Jun 11, 2018

An obsession with the notion of ‘purity’ has plagued most nations across the globe throughout human history. From Pakistan, whose name literally translates to ‘land of the pure’, to the rise of the far right in Germany and Austria. Mohsin Hamid, writing in The Guardian, explores how the fixation with this empty concept is driving political, religious and moral agendas.

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