Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity The Search for Saladin

ISBN-10: 0415149665
ISBN-13: 9780415149662
Edition: 1997
Author(s): Akbar S. Ahmed
Description: Four men shaped the end of British rule in India: Nehru, Gandhi, Mountbatten and Jinnah. We know a great deal about the first three, but Muhammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, has mostly either been ignored or, in the case of Richard  More...
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Copyright Year: 1997
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 9/17/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Four men shaped the end of British rule in India: Nehru, Gandhi, Mountbatten and Jinnah. We know a great deal about the first three, but Muhammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, has mostly either been ignored or, in the case of Richard Attenborough's hugely successful film about Gandhi, portrayed as a cold megalomaniac, bent on the bloody partition of India. Akbar Ahmed's major study redresses the balance. Drawing on history, semiotics and cultural anthropology as well as more conventional biographical techniques, he presents a rounded picture of the man and shows his relevance as contemporary Islam debates alternative forms of political leadership in a world dominated--at least in the Western media--by figures like Colonel Gadaffi and Saddam Hussein.

List of plates
Preface
Introduction: Seeking Saladin
List of maps
Understanding Jinnah
Jinnah: a life
The role of Jinnah's family
Imagining Jinnah: why different people see different Jinnahs
The Struggle for History
Constructing the past
Hierarchy and purity: the clash of civilizations
Muslim awakening
Jinnah's Conversion
The causes of Jinnah's conversion
The passing of the flame: Iqbal and Jinnah
Crossing the Rubicon
Jinnah and the Pakistan Movement
Seeing Saladin: what Muslims saw in Jinnah
Gandhi and Ram Raj
The path to Pakistan
Mountbatten: Last Viceroy and First Paki-Basher
Mountbatten's mission
The clash of the titans
Paki-bashing
Partition: In the Heat of Passion
Romancing the Vicereine
Shielding the Vicereine
Summer savagery
Pakistan: Ethnic versus Religious Identity
Jinnah's Pakistan: the rising of the moon
Jinnah's passing growing crisis
Jinnah as metaphor: 'secularist' or 'fundamentalist'?
Is Jinnah still Relevant?
From crisis to crisis: sidelining Jinnah in Pakistan
From Anandamath to Ayodhya: Muslim fate in India
Bangladesh: the struggle for identity
Epilogue: Preparing for the Next Millennium
References
Index

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