The Selected Writings of Eqbal Ahmad

The Selected Writings of Eqbal Ahmad

by Eqbal Ahmad
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231127111

ISBN-13: 9780231127110

Pub. Date: 06/13/2006

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Activist, journalist, and theorist, Eqbal Ahmad (1934–1999) was admired and consulted by revolutionaries and activists as well as policymakers and academics. In articles and columns published in such journals as the Nation, New York Review of Books, Monthly Review, and newspapers in Pakistan and Cairo, Ahmad inspired new ways of thinking

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Activist, journalist, and theorist, Eqbal Ahmad (1934–1999) was admired and consulted by revolutionaries and activists as well as policymakers and academics. In articles and columns published in such journals as the Nation, New York Review of Books, Monthly Review, and newspapers in Pakistan and Cairo, Ahmad inspired new ways of thinking about global issues. Whether writing on the rise of militant Islam, the conflict in Kashmir, U.S. involvement in Vietnam, or the cynical logic of Cold War geopolitics, Ahmad offered incisive, passionate, and often prophetic analyses of the major political events and movements of the second half of the twentieth century.

This work is the first to collect Ahmad's writings in a single volume. It reflects his distinct understanding of world politics as well as his profound sense of empathy for those living in poverty and oppression. He was a fierce opponent of imperialism and corruption and advocated democratic transformations in postcolonial and third-world societies. A uniquely perceptive critic of colonialism and U.S. foreign policy, Ahmad was equally vigilant in his criticisms of third-world dictatorships.

Like few other writers, Ahmad's life experiences shaped his political views. He grew up amidst the turmoil of postcolonial India, worked alongside the Algerian FLN in their fight against the French occupation, and later became a prominent spokesperson for peace between Israel and Palestine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231127110
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/13/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
664
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Foreword   Noam Chomsky     xi
Eqbal Ahmad (ca. 1933-1999)     xix
Acknowledgments     xxiii
Revolutionary Warfare and Counterinsurgency
Introduction   Carollee Bengelsdorf   Margaret Cerullo     3
Revolutionary Warfare: How to Tell When the Rebels Have Won     13
Radical but Wrong     24
Counterinsurgency     36
Epilogue:The Lessons of Vietnam     65
PLO and ANC: Painful Contrasts     76
Iran's Landmark Revolution: Fifteen Years Later     81
The Making of The Battle of Algiers     85
Algeria Began Badly: Remembering Sidi Mohammed     94
Third World Politics: Pathologies of Power, Pathologies of Resistance
Introduction   Carollee Bengelsdorf   Margaret Cerullo     107
From Potato Sack to Potato Mash: The Contemporary Crisis of the Third World     116
Postcolonial Systems of Power     128
The Neofascist State: Notes on the Pathology of Power in the Third World     142
War of the Rentier States     154
Islam and Politics     160
Roots of the Religious Right     179
On the Cusp of the Cold War: Portents of a New Century
Introduction   Carollee Bengelsdorf   Margaret Cerullo     193
The Cold War from the Standpoint of Its Victims
Political Culture and Foreign Policy: Notes on American Interventions in the Third World     205
The Cold War from the Standpoint of Its Victims     219
Yet Again a New Nixon     228
Cracks in the Western World (View): Questions for the US and Europe     232
After the Cold War: Worlds of Pain
At Cold War's End: A World of Pain     245
Terrorism: Theirs and Ours     257
A Time to Remember     267
Welcome War in Bosnia     271
America's Gulf War: Neglected Perspectives     274
The Hundred-Hour War     278
Covering the Middle East     282
After the Winter Bombs     287
The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: Colonization in the Era of Decolonization
Introduction   Noubar Hovsepian     293
Pioneering in the Nuclear Age: An Essay on Israel and the Palestinians     298
"A World Restored" Revisited: American Diplomacy in the Middle East     318
An Essay on Reconciliation     350
On Arab Bankruptcy     357
The Public Relations of Ethnocide     360
Peace of the Weak     369
Beyond Arafat's Antics     373
An Address in Gaza      377
King Hussein's Dual Legacy     381
South Asia
Introduction   Yogesh Chandrani   Radha Kumar     389
Partition and Independence
Partitioned Lands, Divided Sentiments     403
On Jinnah
Jinnah, in a Class of His Own     415
The Betrayed Promise     419
Pakistan's Military
Letter to a Pakistani Diplomat     425
Pakistan: Signposts to a Police State     431
General Zia Is Now the Law     446
Afghanistan
Bloody Games     453
Stalemate at Jalalabad     493
In a Land Without Music     500
Taliban's Unlikely Story     504
What After "Strategic Depth"?     509
Jihad International, Inc.     514
Beyond Mutual Destruction     523
India's Obsession, Our Choice     539
When Mountains Die     543
No Alternative to Dialogue     548
Pakistan: The Return of the Generals
No, Not Again!     555
The Signals Soldiers Pick     559
Shotgun Governance     563
Notes     567
Permissions     597
Index     603

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