Making Sense of Pakistan

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Overview

Farzana Shaikh argues that though external influences and domestic politics have unquestionably shaped Pakistan, an uncertainty about the meaning of Pakistan and the significance of "being Pakistani" lies at the heart of the state's social and political decline. Drawing on extensive research into the origins and evolution of the country, Shaikh follows the forces of culture and ideology that pressured Indo-Muslims in the years leading up to Partition and continue to resonate throughout the country.

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Editorial Reviews

The American Prospect - Anatol Lieven

Intellectually acute, impressively researched, and strongly argued.

H-Asia - Robert Nichols

A scholarly and erudite study of the competition to define and establish a "national" identity for Pakistan.

Middle East Journal - Shabana Fayyaz

Thought-provoking... Those interested in helping shape the country's future will come away understanding why now is the time to move on with clarity.Middle East Journal

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"Intellectually acute, impressively researched, and strongly argued."-Anatol Lieven The American Prospect

"Thought-provoking... Those interested in helping shape the country's future will come away understanding why now is the time to move on with clarity."- Middle East Journal

"A well documented, provocative study...of considerable interest to scholars and foreign policy specialists."-Choice

"Shaikh's knowledge is encyclopedic, her methods of analysis simple but intense, her writing beautifully lucid there is nobody better to explain what Barack Obama calls the most dangerous place in the world."-Ahmed Rashid, author of Descent into Chaos: How the War Against Islamic Extremism is Being Lost in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia

"[Afghanistan] is also -- as Farzana Shaikh makes clear in her brilliant new book, Making Sense of Pakistan -- just another victim of the batty, contorted rivalry between New Delhi and Islamabad for subcontinental influence."- The Guardian

"A scholarly and erudite study of the competition to define and establish a "national" identity for Pakistan."- H-Asia

"Farzana Shaikh has analyzed the contemporary dilemmas and predicaments of Pakistan with skill and finesse. By far the best book I have read on our neighboring country in recent years."-Owen Bennett Jones, author of Pakistan: Eye of the Storm

The American Prospect
Intellectually acute, impressively researched, and strongly argued.

— Anatol Lieven

H-Asia
A scholarly and erudite study of the competition to define and establish a "national" identity for Pakistan.

— Robert Nichols

Middle East Journal
Thought-provoking... Those interested in helping shape the country's future will come away understanding why now is the time to move on with clarity.Middle East Journal

— Shabana Fayyaz

Choice

A well documented, provocative study...of considerable interest to scholars and foreign policy specialists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231149624
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2009
  • Series: Columbia/Hurst Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Farzana Shaikh, most recently a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, has taught at the universities of Cambridge, SOAS, Pavia and Basle. She is the author of Community and Consensus in Islam: Muslim Representation in Colonial India, 1860-1947 (Cambridge University Press).

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Table of Contents

1 Why Pakistan? : history and ideology 14

2 Who is a Pakistani? : culture and identity 46

3 The burden of Islam : the sacralization of politics 81

4 The dilemmas of development : the uncertainties of change 116

5 Between crescent and sword : professionalizing jihad 147

6 Demons from abroad : enemies and allies 180

Epilogue 309

Notes 213

Glossary 256

Abbreviations 259

Select bibliography 260

Index 267

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