Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity / Edition 1

Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity / Edition 1

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by Akbar Ahmed
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415149665

ISBN-13: 9780415149662

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Every generation needs to reinterpret its great men of the past. Akbar Ahmed, by revealing Jinnah's human face alongside his heroic achievement, both makes this statesman accessible to the current age and renders his greatness even clearer than before.

Four men shaped the end of British rule in India: Nehru, Gandhi, Mountbatten and Jinnah. We know a great

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Every generation needs to reinterpret its great men of the past. Akbar Ahmed, by revealing Jinnah's human face alongside his heroic achievement, both makes this statesman accessible to the current age and renders his greatness even clearer than before.

Four men shaped the end of British rule in India: Nehru, Gandhi, Mountbatten and Jinnah. We know a great deal about the first three, but Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, has mostly either been ignored or, in the case of Richard Attenborough's hugely successful film about Gandhi, portrayed as a cold megalomaniac, bent on the bloody partition of India. Akbar Ahmed's major study redresses the balance.

Drawing on history, semiotics and cultural anthropology as well as more conventional biographical techniques, Akbar S. Ahmad presents a rounded picture of the man and shows his relevance as contemporary Islam debates alternative forms of political leadership in a world dominated (at least in the Western media) by figures like Colonel Gadaffi and Saddam Hussein.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415149662
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Preface
Introduction: Seeking Saladin
List of maps
1Understanding Jinnah3
Jinnah: a life3
The role of Jinnah's family11
Imagining Jinnah: why different people see different Jinnahs19
2The Struggle for History35
Constructing the past35
Hierarchy and purity: the clash of civilizations46
Muslim awakening54
3Jinnah's Conversion61
The causes of Jinnah's conversion61
The passing of the flame: Iqbal and Jinnah71
Crossing the Rubicon78
4Jinnah and the Pakistan Movement86
Seeing Saladin: what Muslims saw in Jinnah86
Gandhi and Ram Raj100
The path to Pakistan108
5Mountbatten: Last Viceroy and First Paki-Basher116
Mountbatten's mission117
The clash of the titans126
Paki-bashing133
6Partition: In the Heat of Passion143
Romancing the Vicereine143
Shielding the Vicereine155
Summer savagery160
7Pakistan: Ethnic versus Religious Identity171
Jinnah's Pakistan: the rising of the moon172
Jinnah's passing growing crisis183
Jinnah as metaphor: 'secularist' or 'fundamentalist'?193
8Is Jinnah still Relevant?203
From crisis to crisis: sidelining Jinnah in Pakistan203
From Anandamath to Ayodhya: Muslim fate in India218
Bangladesh: the struggle for identity234
Epilogue: Preparing for the Next Millennium245
References259
Index268

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Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Jinnah was truly a great leader. This book offers quite an unbaised overview of the partition of the subcontinent. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Pakistan.