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Struggle for Pakistan A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics

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ISBN-10: 0674052897

ISBN-13: 9780674052895

Edition: 2014

Authors: Ayesha Jalal

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Established as a homeland for Indiaâe(tm)s Muslims in 1947, Pakistanâe(tm)s tumultuous history has unfolded in the vortex of dire regional and international conflicts. Beset by assassinations, coups, ethnic strife, and the breakaway of Bangladesh in 1971, its quest for identity and survival has led too often to religious extremism and military authoritarianism. Now, in a probing biography of her native land amid the throes of global change, Ayesha Jalal provides an insiderâe(tm)s assessment of how this nuclear-armed Muslim nation evolved as it did and explains why its dilemmas weigh so heavily on prospects for peace in the region.Attentive to Pakistanâe(tm)s external relations as well as its internal dynamics, Jalal shows how the vexed relationship with the United States, border disputes with Afghanistan in the west, and the conflict with India over Kashmir in the east have played into the hands of the generals who purchased security at the cost of strong democratic institutions. Combined with domestic ethnic and regional rivalries, such pressures have created a siege mentality that encourages military domination and militant extremism.Since 9/11, the country has been widely portrayed as a breeding ground for Islamic terrorism. Assessing the threats posed by Al-Qaeda and the Taliban as American troops withdraw from Afghanistan, Jalal contends that the battle for Pakistanâe(tm)s soul is far from over. Her definitive biography reveals how pluralism and democracy continue to struggle for a place in this Muslim homeland, where they are so essential to its future.
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/16/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.024
Language: English

Ayesha Jalal is the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University. Her books include "Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia," "Self and Sovereignty: Individual and Community in South Asian Islam since 1850," and "The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League, and the Demand for Pakistan."