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Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military
     

Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military

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by Husain Haqqani
 

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ISBN-10: 0870032143

ISBN-13: 9780870032141

Pub. Date: 06/28/2005

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

Among U.S. allies in the war against terrorism, Pakistan cannot be easily characterized as either friend or foe. Nuclear-armed Pakistan is an important center of radical Islamic ideas and groups. Since 9/11, the selective cooperation of president General Pervez Musharraf in sharing intelligence with the United States and apprehending al Qaeda members has led to the

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Among U.S. allies in the war against terrorism, Pakistan cannot be easily characterized as either friend or foe. Nuclear-armed Pakistan is an important center of radical Islamic ideas and groups. Since 9/11, the selective cooperation of president General Pervez Musharraf in sharing intelligence with the United States and apprehending al Qaeda members has led to the assumption that Pakistan might be ready to give up its longstanding ties with radical Islam. But Pakistan's status as an Islamic ideological state is closely linked with the Pakistani elite's worldview and the praetorian ambitions of its military. This book analyzes the origins of the relationships between Islamist groups and Pakistan's military, and explores the nation's quest for identity and security. Tracing how the military has sought U.S. support by making itself useful for concerns of the moment—while continuing to strengthen the mosque-military alliance within Pakistan—Haqqani offers an alternative view of political developments since the country's independence in 1947.

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ISBN-13:
9780870032141
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Pages:
397
Sales rank:
497,381
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Acknowledgmentsix
Map of the Regionxii
1Introduction: Identity and Ideology1
2Defending Ideological Frontiers51
3Old and New Pakistan87
4From Islamic Republic to Islamic State131
5Afghan Jihad159
6Military Rule by Other Means199
7Jihad without Borders261
8Conclusion: From Ideological to Functional State311
Notes331
Index373
About the Author397
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace399

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Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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'Pakistan:Between Mosque and Military' is a Pakistani's analysis of what has happened in the 50 odd years since Independence. The fact that the person writing it was a part of the government for many years lends it an authenticity which is much needed in today's age. As an Indian what I found 'different' about the book was that this was among the few books I have read, written by a Pakistani, which does not blame Indians for the mess that has been created. It also does not blame any particular leader or party for the present condition of Pakistan but instead tries to show the search for an identity - albeit different from 'Hindu India' - and the 'immense sense of insecurity' vis-a-vis India led to an appeal to Islam as an ideology and as an identity-definer and unifying force in Pakistan. In comparison to other books on Pakistan which trace the rise of Islamization to the policies of Gen Zia this book shows how this was something that had started long ago, soon after Independence. Another reason to read the book is that though one can find books which talk about US-Pak relations yet none of them go into the detail to analyze the reason why each country needs the other and the widespread impact this relationship has had not just on Pakistan's relations with India but also on its domestic politics. The last reason this book is a 'must-read' is that it is not too long and is reader friendly.