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A History of Pakistan and Its Origins

Edited by Christophe Jaffrelot

A History of Pakistan and Its Origins

 A comprehensive study of the historical, social, economic, political and religious aspects of this fascinating nation.

Imprint: Anthem Press
ISBN 9781843311492
September 2004 | 352 Pages | 234 x 155mm / 9.2 x 6.1 | 25+ halftone illustrations
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About This Book

'Will challenge tradional history. Interesting reading..' —'Choice'

'This book has remarkable potential for infusing Asian themes into academic curriculums…a topic of great interest and importance.' —Dr Abdul Jabbar, 'Education About Asia'

'Jaffrelot and his distinguished team make clear that Musharraf's attitude to the Islamist agenda is fraught with ambiguity and irony.' 'International Affairs'

'A History of Pakistan and its Origins' is a comprehensive, detailed and fully up-to-date study of one of the most diverse, volatile and strategically significant countries in the world today. Born in turmoil barely half a century ago, Pakistan seems to be in an interminable pursuit of its own identity and at the same time finds itself a pivotal player in world politics. Its short existence has witnessed much: four coups d'état; the rise of Islam as a power; tensions between ethnic, religious and separatist movements; the Kashmir conflict and the near-constant war footing with India. This text charts half a century of nation-building in Pakistan, while at the same time placing the country within the context of its relations with the outside world.

Readership: Will appeal to experts, students and general readers alike.

Author Information

Christophe Jaffrelot is Director of CERI (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales) and a Researcher at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), France.

Table of Contents

List of Maps; Contributors to This Volume; Introduction; PART I A Country in Search of an Identity; 1. Islamic Identity and Ethnic Tensions; 2. East Bengal: Between Islam and a Regional Identity; 3. A Fruitless Search for Democracy; PART II Pakistan's Foreign Policy; 4. Pakistan and the Power Game; 5. Living with India: Relations between Pakistan and India; 6. Islam and Foreign Policy: Central Asia and the Arab–Persian World; PART III The Economy and Social Structures; 7. The Country and Its People; 8. Economic Development; 9. Between Caste and Tribe; PART IV A Plural Culture?; 10. The Diversity of Islam; 11. Islam and Politics; 12. Languages and Education; Conclusion: A Country in Crisis; Epilogue: Musharraf and the Islamists: from support to opposition after September 11; Afterword: to 2004; Glossary; Chronology; Notes; Index