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Pakistan: At the Crosscurrent of History

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This controversial book seeks to explain how Pakistan became the centre of contemporary terrorism. Tracing the development of the country from its birth in 1947 to the present day, Ziring explores how a country once envisaged as a secular model for the Muslim world has been gripped by a form of radical Islamic fundamentalism. Focusing on the links between what is going on ...more
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by One World (UK)
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Tariq Mahmood
Brilliant book detailing the history of Pakistan. If you have to read one book on Pakistan's history, pick this one. I liked the fact that the author is an American academic which makes his less prejudiced than a British or Pakistani historian.

The first chapter presents a riveting comparison between Gandhi and Jinnah.

Gandhi was a populist who had little time for rule of law.
His success was not in the courtroom but in raising huge public rallies.
His aim was undermining the existing colonial laws.
A few problems, mainly that it was too pro-us and pro-India. The book needs quite a lot of updating, as a lot has changed in Pakistan, with secularism on the rise again, and Islamist parties on the decline. Jamaat e Islami or JUI-F and other 'islamist' parties are extremely weak in Pakistan now. The MMA has disbanded. I would give it more stars if it was update to at least include the results of the 2008 election (in which the Islamists parties only gained a couple of seats out of 300+ seats, an ...more
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