Understanding Bangladesh

Understanding Bangladesh

by S. Mahmud Ali


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Understanding Bangladesh by S. Mahmud Ali

Bangladesh, a Muslim majority nation with a population of some 154 million people, receives little notice in the West, other than when political upheaval or natural disasters bring it to our attention. In Understanding Bangladesh, an account of the political and economic experiences of the Bangladeshi state and its people, S. Mahmud Ali seeks to redress that imbalance. His book identifies the key players among Bangladesh's tiny military, political and business elite, explores the attempts to establish their authority in a crowded field, and considers the relative merits of their attempts at nation-building. Ali concludes by outlining both the remarkable achievements recorded by this land of unusual narratives, and the elemental challenges its burgeoning populace faces in the years ahead, among which is a resurgent and highly politicized form of militant Islamism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199327058
Publisher: An Oxford University Press Publication
Publication date: 11/09/2010
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

S. Mahmud Ali served in the Pakistani and Bangladeshi armies, was a researcher at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, and at King's College, University of London, and has spent over twenty years as a journalist at the BBC World Service in London. He is the author of several books on regional and global security issues.

Table of Contents

1. The Past As Prologue
2. War, Independence, and Blood-feuds
3. In the Valkyries Shadow
4. The Plight of Parliamentary Politics
5. A reformist, Interregnum
6. A land of anger. Right, Left, Centre, and the Other
7. Epilogue
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Farzana Shaikh

This richly detailed book traces the evolution of Bangladesh as an independent state since 1971. Drawing on a wealth of primary and secondary sources in English and Bengali, as well as insights based on the author's personal experience, it covers in chronological detail key developments vital to any understanding of the country's politics, economic policies, and external relations. The book also addresses historical factors that have shaped groups and ideas in Bangladesh which, notwithstanding their place at the margins of power, have come to define the country's political landscape. Nor does it ignore emerging environmental and demographic pressures, which S. Mahmud Ali suggests will represent new challenges that could again alter Bangladesh's landscape. Together they help deliver a narrative that is meticulously researched, soberly argued, and set to emerge as one of the most authoritative and complete accounts of a still poorly understood country.

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