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Vying for Allah's Vote: Understanding Islamic Parties, Political Violence, and Extremism in Pakistan
What is driving political extremism in Pakistan? In early 2011, the prominent Pakistani politician Salmaan Taseer was assassinated by a member of his own security team for insulting Islam by expressing views in support of the rights of women and religious minorities. Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister, was killed by gunfire and explosive devices as she left a ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published December 17th 2013 by Georgetown University Press
(first published November 1st 2013)
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Feb 23, 2015 Colin rated it liked it
I agree with the main analytical takeaways here (not all Islamic political parties are the same; most who take part in electoral processes are fundamentally pragmatic actors; parties take more or less “extreme” stances in response to their competition with other rival parties) and with the general policy prescriptions (US policymakers need to better understand and differentiate between and among Islamic / Islamist political actors, and should engage those with whom there is potential for ...more
Offers up a history of Pakistani political parties' instrumentalist use of religion for electoral gain. Not much in the way of explaining political/electoral violence though, I thought. Was hoping for more detail on short-term election campaign tactics as well. But the book is definitely worth reading for the author's typology of parties and his analysis of their policies and behaviour using what he calls the "shariah-secularism continuum".
Haroon K. Ullah is a scholar, diplomat, and field researcher specializing in South Asia and the Middle East. Born to a Pakistani father and an Indian mother in Washington State, Haroon grew up in a farming community and was trained at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where he served as a senior fellow and completed his MPA. He was a J. William Fulbright fellow, a Harvard ...moreMore about Haroon K. Ullah...