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From the Publisher“Alyssa Ayres has written an important and compelling account of the impact and influence of language and culture on one of the twentieth century’s most dramatic stories—the creation of Pakistan as the very first nation born of a religion. She reveals the extraordinary story of the role that language has played in shaping nationalism and culture in modern Pakistan. Dr. Ayres is one of our finest experts on the history, culture and politics of South Asia”
-Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard University and formerly U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
“An important study into the complexities of language and history in Pakistan which offers unique insights into the fragility of Pakistan as a nation. No country in the world is more important to America than Pakistan and this book helps us understand it better."
-Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
“Today, when all eyes are focused on Pakistan … Alyssa Ayres has provided an insightful analysis of Pakistan’s domestic cultural complexities. … Ayres brings cultural issues and trends squarely into the discourse of national polity. This is a rare feat.”
-Vishakha N. Desai, President, Asia Society