Fatal Faultlines: Pakistan, Islam and the West [NOOK Book]


Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Book, Politics/Current Affairs.

Aren't we the good guys? Don't Americans spend billions of dollars coming to the aid of Muslim countries when they are subject to calamities? Didn't we save millions of Muslims from slaughter in Bosnia?
So why do so many Muslims hate us?

Veteran journalist ...
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Fatal Faultlines: Pakistan, Islam and the West

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Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Book, Politics/Current Affairs.

Aren't we the good guys? Don't Americans spend billions of dollars coming to the aid of Muslim countries when they are subject to calamities? Didn't we save millions of Muslims from slaughter in Bosnia?
So why do so many Muslims hate us?

Veteran journalist Irfan Husain points out in his important new book, Fatal Faultlines: Pakistan, Islam and the West that there are two sides to every argument. And though you may not agree with the other side it is imperative that we at least understand the mind-set of people whose hearts and mind have been lost by the West and the United States.

Using personal experiences, anecdotes and history, Irfan Husain weaves a compelling and highly readable narrative that gives us a different perspective on world affairs and American involvement with the Middle East and the Muslim world.
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Editorial Reviews

Ahmed Rashid
An important book at the riskiest of times when Americans and Pakistanis--two peoples who have held close for more than sixty years see their relationship in peril. Husain's writing is a breath of fresh air amongst all the policy wonks trying to make sense of what is going on.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013581753
  • Publisher: Arc Manor
  • Publication date: 11/12/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 947 KB

Meet the Author

Irfan Husain was born in Amritsar, India, in 1944 and migrated with his family to the newly created state of Pakistan three years later.

Educated in Karachi, Paris and Ankara, he joined the civil service in 1967 after obtaining a Master’s degree in economics.

During his civil service career, he worked in a wide variety of jobs, including a stint on the prime minister’s speech-writing team; as a diplomat in Pakistan’s embassy in Washington DC; and other senior posts in the country’s federal government.

Despite the range of experience Irfan acquired in the civil service, he has pursued a parallel and covert career as a freelance journalist for most of his working life, writing under a succession of pseudonyms. As Mazdak, he became a popular columnist on the Internet edition of Dawn, a newspaper he has been writing for over the last two decades. A friend described the cover as ‘Pakistan’s worst-kept secret’.

Although he has written about a wide range of subjects, Irfan Husain’s articles contain common strands of secular, liberal and democratic thought. During periods when even the word secularism was excised from articles by editors working under the tight censorship of government, Irfan kept getting his message across by expressing it between the lines.

While politics remains Irfan’s major area of concern, his wide range of interests is often expressed in columns about history, the arts and food. He has reviewed many restaurants, and written extensively about cooking which has become a major hobby.

Irfan travels extensively both for pleasure and work. His extensive travels and contacts with politicians, journalists and other key players in Muslim countries as well his family ties and contacts in the countries like the United Kingdom and the United States have given him a keen insight into the perpective people of different regions have on many of the key issues facing us today.

His propensity to be outspoken has often caused him to be denounced by various power structures and he has frequently been the subject of abusive and threatening communication.

Since 2002, he divides his time between the UK, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. His wife is a writer as well, and he has a son who is an IT entrepreneur in Karachi (as well as a a columnist), two grandsons, and four lovely stepdaughters.
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