Reconciliation Islam, Democracy, and the West

ISBN-10: 0061567590
ISBN-13: 9780061567599
Edition: N/A
Authors: Benazir Bhutto
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/23/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan in October 2007, after eight years of exile, hopeful that she could be a catalyst for change. Upon a tumultuous reception, she survived a suicide-bomb attack that killed nearly two hundred of her compatriots. But she continued to forge ahead, with more courage and conviction than ever, since she knew that time was running out-for the future of her nation and for her life.In Reconciliation, Bhutto recounts in gripping detail her final months in Pakistan and offers a bold new agenda for how to stem the tide of Islamic radicalism and to rediscover the values of tolerance and justice that lie at the heart of her religion. She speaks out not just to the West but also to the Muslims across the globe. Bhutto presents an image of modern Islam that defies the negative caricatures often seen in the West. After reading this book, it will become even clearer what the world has lost by her assassination.

Ariel Levy is a contributing editor at New York magazine. This is her first book.Benazir Bhutto was born in Karachi, Pakistan on June 21, 1953. She received degrees from Radcliffe College and Oxford University. In 1977, her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was elected prime minister of Pakistan, but soon afterwards the military seized power of the country and her father was arrested and later hanged. The years that followed were filled with arrests, being forced to leave the country, and returning to her homeland. After returning to Pakistan in April 1986, she publicly called for the resignation of Zia Ul Haq, whose government had executed her father. When free elections were finally held in 1988, she was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan becoming the first woman to serve as prime minister in an Islamic country. Only two years into her first term, President Ghulam Ishaq Khan dismissed her from office because of alleged corruption. However, she was re-elected in 1993 and while in office, she brought electricity to the countryside, built schools all over the country, and made hunger, housing and health care her top priorities. She constantly faced opposition from the Islamic fundamentalist movement and in 1996 President Farooq Leghari of Pakistan dismissed her from office for alleged mismanagement. She went into self-imposed exile in 1998. She returned to her homeland in 2007 and the first assassination attempt was made within hours of her arrival. With the possibility of her becoming prime minister again, the extremists orchestrated a second assassination attempt. This one was successful and she died on December 27, 2007 from injuries suffered during the attack.

Note to the Reader
The Path Back
The Battle Within Islam: Democracy Versus Dictatorship, Moderation Versus Extremism
Islam and Democracy: History and Practice
The Case of Pakistan
Is the Clash of Civilizations Inevitable?
Reconciliation
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes

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