ISBN-10:
1626160155
ISBN-13:
9781626160156
Pub. Date:
12/01/2013
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Georgetown University Press
Vying for Allah's Vote: Understanding Islamic Parties, Political Violence, and Extremism in Pakistan

Vying for Allah's Vote: Understanding Islamic Parties, Political Violence, and Extremism in Pakistan

by Haroon K. Ullah
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ISBN-13: 9781626160156
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2013
Series: South Asia in World Affairs series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Haroon K. Ullah is a staff adviser to the US State Department and was a member of the late Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke’s policy team on Pakistan and Afghanistan. His work focuses on democratization, security studies, and political party dynamics. He has a master's degree in public policy and international development from Harvard University and holds a joint PhD in political science and public policy from the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Islam and Democracy in Pakistan

3. Islamic Parties in Pakistan

4. Muslim Democratic Parties: Origins and Characteristics

5. Islamist Parties: Origins and Characteristics

6. Islamic Voters in Pakistan: Motives and Behavior

7. Political Strategy: When Extremism Works

8. Lessons Learned: How Pakistan Informs the Arab Spring and Afghanistan

9. Foreign Policy Implications and New Trends

Appendix 1Appendix 2NotesSelected BibliographyIndex

What People are Saying About This

Akbar Ahmed

We finally have a senior Pakistani-American diplomat commenting on the explosive interaction between the state, democracy, and religion in a Muslim country—and Haroon Ullah delivers. He offers an insightful and nuanced perspective that benefits from his deep knowledge and experience in the field. As nothing can be more important to the US than building bridges with the Muslim world, this book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand a major Muslim country like Pakistan and the challenges it faces today.

Vali Nasr

Pakistan is a rare case where unresolved issues about relations of Islam to politics intersect with democratic development. Vying for Allah’s Vote provides a valuable glimpse into how Islamic party politics in Pakistan has influenced the development of political platforms and how Islam and democracy are likely to impact one another. Insightful and informative.

Cameron Munter

While others are content simply to label Pakistan 'the world's most dangerous place,' Haroon Ullah has patiently studied the political groups behind the headlines and written a book that explains them cogently and clearly. Those who want to see a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan, and to face its many problems head on, must read Ullah's work; understanding its complex politics is the first step toward building the Pakistan its people—and its friends—should want.

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"Pakistan is a rare case where unresolved issues about relations of Islam to politics intersect with democratic development. Vying for Allah's Vote provides a valuable glimpse into how Islamic party politics in Pakistan has influenced the development of political platforms and how Islam and democracy are likely to impact one another. Insightful and informative."—Vali Nasr, dean of The John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and author of The Shia Revival and Forces of Fortune

"An insightful study of the complexities of Islamic parties in Pakistan with useful and clear recommendations for American policy."—Bruce Reidel, director, The Brookings Intelligence Project

"While others are content simply to label Pakistan 'the world's most dangerous place,' Haroon Ullah has patiently studied the political groups behind the headlines and written a book that explains them cogently and clearly. Those who want to see a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan, and to face its many problems head on, must read Ullah's work; understanding its complex politics is the first step toward building the Pakistan its people—and its friends—should want."—Cameron Munter, former US Ambassador to Pakistan

"Soon Pakistan will be fifth-largest country in the world by population. It is, of course, also a nuclear-armed nation which has fought three major wars with India as well as a host of other more minor skirmishes. Though they are relatively small in size, Pakistan's Islamist parties play an outsize role in the policies and politics of one of the globe's most important countries. Haroon Ullah has done us all a great service by writing a deeply reported, fluidly written account of how these parties work and the effects of Islamists on Pakistan's body politic and how they effect the geopolitics of South Asia writ large. And he considers what lessons Pakistan's Islamists might have for the Islamists in the Arab world who have been thrust into the real world of politics by the uprisings of the Arab Spring. Vying for Allah's Vote is an important study for all serious students of Islamism."—Peter Bergen, director of the national security program at the New America Foundation, The New America Foundation, author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden—from 9/11 to Abbottabad

"We finally have a senior Pakistani-American diplomat commenting on the explosive interaction between the state, democracy, and religion in a Muslim country—and Haroon Ullah delivers. He offers an insightful and nuanced perspective that benefits from his deep knowledge and experience in the field. As nothing can be more important to the US than building bridges with the Muslim world, this book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand a major Muslim country like Pakistan and the challenges it faces today."—Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University and former Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

"Though they are relatively small in size, Pakistan'sIslamist parties play an outsizerole in the policies and politics of one of the globe's most important countries. Haroon Ullah has done us all a great service by writing a deeply reported, fluidly written account of how these parties work as well as theeffectsof Islamistson Pakistan's body politic and how they affectthe geopolitics ofSouth Asia writ large. He also considers what lessons Pakistan's Islamists might have for the Islamists in the Arab world who have been thrust into the real world of politics by the uprisings of the Arab Spring. Vying for Allah's Vote is an important study for all serious students of Islamism."—Peter Bergen, director of the national security program at the New America Foundation, The New America Foundation

"Haroon Ullah has vividly humanized the challenge Pakistan faces in the explosive mixture of religion and politics. Ullah brings the expertise of a scholar with first-hand knowledge of the country and culture and the perspective on US policy of a diplomat who was a member the late Richard Holbrooke's 'AfPak' team. The result is authoritative, insightful, and timely."—Strobe Talbott, President, The Brookings Institution , The Brookings Institution

Bruce Reidel

An insightful study of the complexities of Islamic parties in Pakistan with useful and clear recommendations for American policy.

Strobe Talbott

Haroon Ullah has vividly humanized the challenge Pakistan faces in the explosive mixture of religion and politics. Ullah brings the expertise of a scholar with first-hand knowledge of the country and culture and the perspective on US policy of a diplomat who was a member the late Richard Holbrooke’s 'AfPak' team. The result is authoritative, insightful, and timely.

Peter Bergen

Though they are relatively small in size, Pakistan'sIslamist parties play an outsizerole in the policies and politics of one of the globe's most important countries. Haroon Ullah has done us all a great service by writing a deeply reported, fluidly written account of how these parties work as well as theeffectsof Islamistson Pakistan's body politic and how they affectthe geopolitics ofSouth Asia writ large. He also considers what lessons Pakistan's Islamists might have for the Islamists in the Arab world who have been thrust into the real world of politics by the uprisings of the Arab Spring. Vying for Allah's Vote is an important study for all serious students of Islamism.

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Raymy1012 More than 1 year ago
Vying for Allah’s Vote is moving, thought provoking and informative. This book, written by an eloquent and sincere man, brings about a raw honesty and vivid truth of the struggles and challenges faced by the Muslim world today. Dr. Haroon K. Ullah is uniquely qualified to bring about such important literature informing of us of the current state of the Muslim world. He serves as a staff adviser to the US State Department and holds a master’s degree in public policy and international development from Harvard University and a PhD in political science and public policy from the University of Michigan. As you read this book the fieldwork and meticulous research that went into it is apparent. It is easy to be overwhelmed with all that is said about Muslims in media today. This book seamlessly explains the complexities of Muslim democracies and breaks down what is not otherwise easily understood. Dr. Ullah has managed to provide us a book that shows us the Muslim world in an empirical way and also provides an academic point of view with well-educated and informed opinions on policy. This is an original and fresh way of presenting such delicate and often misunderstood information. It will bring about an unprecedented understanding of the Muslim world. I highly recommend this book to everyone seeking to further understand the Muslim world. The text is written in a format that makes it is easy to cross reference and refer back to. It is informative and insightful bringing about a deeper understanding and hopefully a starting place for meaningful and deferential dialogue.