Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity / Edition 1

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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: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Introduction: Seeking Saladin
List of maps
1 Understanding Jinnah 3
Jinnah: a life 3
The role of Jinnah's family 11
Imagining Jinnah: why different people see different Jinnahs 19
2 The Struggle for History 35
Constructing the past 35
Hierarchy and purity: the clash of civilizations 46
Muslim awakening 54
3 Jinnah's Conversion 61
The causes of Jinnah's conversion 61
The passing of the flame: Iqbal and Jinnah 71
Crossing the Rubicon 78
4 Jinnah and the Pakistan Movement 86
Seeing Saladin: what Muslims saw in Jinnah 86
Gandhi and Ram Raj 100
The path to Pakistan 108
5 Mountbatten: Last Viceroy and First Paki-Basher 116
Mountbatten's mission 117
The clash of the titans 126
Paki-bashing 133
6 Partition: In the Heat of Passion 143
Romancing the Vicereine 143
Shielding the Vicereine 155
Summer savagery 160
7 Pakistan: Ethnic versus Religious Identity 171
Jinnah's Pakistan: the rising of the moon 172
Jinnah's passing growing crisis 183
Jinnah as metaphor: 'secularist' or 'fundamentalist'? 193
8 Is Jinnah still Relevant? 203
From crisis to crisis: sidelining Jinnah in Pakistan 203
From Anandamath to Ayodhya: Muslim fate in India 218
Bangladesh: the struggle for identity 234
Epilogue: Preparing for the Next Millennium 245
References 259
Index 268
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2002

    Akber Ahmed is amazing!

    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.

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