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The Murder of History: A Critique of History Textbooks Used in Pakistan

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In this volume, Aziz sets out to correct the injustice that has been committed in Pakistan ever since its creation, and still continues. The history text books in the country have been woefully distorted for political ends. In this book, he has critiqued and provided the corrections for 66 text books being taught in the Social Studies, Pakistan Studies and History discipli ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published 2010 by Sang-e-Meel Publications (first published 1993)
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Tariq Mahmood
Nov 12, 2013 Tariq Mahmood rated it it was amazing
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No small wonder that K K Aziz died in abject penury. Living in Pakistan the courageous scholar had the audacity to claim that Pakistan was created by the Hindus under the persistent nagging of the Muslims of India for greater rights. It was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s declaration that India would rather live in peace without the permanent headache of the Muslim problem, which convinced the Hindus acquince to Partition. Jinnah had already, in May 1946 accepted the Cabinet Mission Plan thereby aban ...more
Aasem Bakhshi
Nothing extraordinary in terms of literary value but extremely important as far as historical value is concerned. K.K Aziz is one of the few and rare great historians that Pakistan has produced and his scholarship and literary acumen must not be judged by this book.

This book stands up to its promise, i.e., showing Pakistani students and parents what rubbish they are being taught on the name of History; however, it is not meant for the serious well informed reader.
Haider Hussain
Oct 18, 2015 Haider Hussain rated it it was amazing
This is a "must read" for any reader who'd like to read as to how the history of Pakistan was treated; how the fallacies were developed and how the facts were either omitted or destroyed in our textbooks. However, I can't help highlighting two (not too significant) shortcomings in this work:

1- While attempting to correct the mistakes/omissions/fallacies stuffed in our textbooks, Aziz should have given equal importance to the presentation of references in footnotes/endnotes. Most of the reference
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Mansoor Azam
Dec 18, 2015 Mansoor Azam rated it it was ok
The book was never the idea, initially. The author a history professor at one of Pakistan's prestigious universities wrote a series of articles in newspapers to clear some false but popular myths in order to put historiography correct. As he puts it that he was expecting a hue and cry from clerics, zealous patriotics but nothing happened. All that came in were demands that having pointed out the wrongs he must tell now what are the rights of history. there came the moment of truth for the author ...more
ahmad  afridi
an eye opener on lies told in Pakistani textbooks; the way history is molded and fabricated to suit best the ruling class of the country; the way local cultures of Pakistan are replaced and predominated by some imported culture and the way mind of our kids spoiled by feeding them with hatred, narcissism and lack of truth .K K aziz sahab not only criticized the content of text books but give a concise account on how history should be dealt in Pakistan. a must read
Fatima Arif
Jun 07, 2012 Fatima Arif rated it liked it
This book sums up as to what is wrong with us. The book ends with 'Is anyone listening', so far it seems no one is and also that no one is really interested in listening. If this continues we will be beyond help!
Muhammad Arqum
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Salman Tariq
Feb 15, 2017 Salman Tariq rated it it was ok
More of research typed writing
5 stars for detailed research
Jawad Khan
Jan 08, 2015 Jawad Khan rated it liked it
Mr Aziz deserves the praise, for he has raised a grave topic of our ever-worse educational system, and its result in bringing up an miss-literate generation without teaching it the proper history, both of Pakistan and Islam.
But the writer, being one of the so-called liberal class of our country, is strayed while defining certain events in his book. One of them, I would like to raise, is trying to prove the 1857 war as not a "war of independence". In attempt of this, he quotes Mirza Ghalib and Si
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Ather Sheheryar
Apr 20, 2011 Ather Sheheryar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
every Pakistani Punjabi should read this book. One of its kind book ever written in my country. It exposes how words were twisted to bear a stunted nation. the text books were engineered to assure that intlectual horizon remain dark, rather become even darker. In my humble view, every person with a fragment of thinking mind and who is to live life in my country, must , must, must read it
Sayed Taimoor
Dec 28, 2015 Sayed Taimoor rated it it was amazing
An eye opener. Every parent must buy this book for their children, if they are taught in Pakistani schools.
Imran Ejaz
Having read textbooks, this one was an eye opener
Mudassar Riaz
Dec 13, 2016 Mudassar Riaz rated it really liked it
It is quite an informative book especially if you have only read the text books. A good eye opener for every Pakistani who want to know little more than the normal text book material and doesnot want to be blinded by the lies.
The only con I found here is the writing style here, which could be due to the type of project, as there is quite a lot of repetition.
Overall a recommended book.
Shoaib Akhtar
As a treatise on historical fallacies found in textbooks in Pakistan, this book has no match. Khursheed Kamal Aziz lists, in great detail, all the inaccuracies [read: rubbish] found in textbooks prescribed for schools and colleges in Pakistan, and follows up with what is supposed be the truth. A must read for all those whose only knowledge of history is based on official 'Social Studies' or 'Pakistan Studies' textbooks.
Muhammad Bajwa
Nov 03, 2016 Muhammad Bajwa rated it it was amazing
Although the writer may seem a bit emotional or sort of exaggerating the things. But it is one of the very honest and true writings explaining the root cause of all the evils in Pakistan. I totally agree with his arguments in the last chapter. I am grateful that i read this book.
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Khursheed Kamal Aziz, better known as K. K. Aziz was born in December 1927, in village Ballamabad near Faisalabad. He was educated at the M. B. High School Batala, Forman Christian College and the Government College, Lahore, and the Victoria University of Manchester. He has been on the academic staff of the Government College, Lahore, and of the Universities of the Punjab, London, Cambridge, Khart ...more
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