On Wings of Diesel: Trucks, Identity, and Culture in Pakistan

Jamal J. Elias


Oneworld Publications

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