Abu Fazl’ Allami was one of the most outstanding intellectual figures of his times. Liberal in his religio-political outlook, cosmopolitan in his dealings with the various religious communities of India, seasoned as a diplomat and versatile as a scholar, he occupies a prominent place in the history of medieval political thought.
In an age torn by religious conflicts and tensions, he stood for religious toleration and peaceful co-existence of the various religious and cultural groups. As he was closely associated with the emperor Akbar, whose social and religious outlook made a deep impact on contemporary life and thought, Abul Fazl’s own religious and social ideas deserve a careful study.
Unfortunately his ideas are difficult to separate from those of Akbar, the reason being their identity of outlook and similarity of approach on fundamental problems of religion and society.
This collection of profiles by Rina Saeed Khan was for The Friday Times, Pakistan’s most popular political weekly. They were written over a six-year period from 1992-1998 and include artists like Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq, intellectuals like Seyyed Hossein Nasr, filmstars like Neeli and war heroes like MM Alam. Lawyers like Dr Parvez Hassan, economists like Moeen Qureshi, politicians like Dr Noorjehan Panezai and global leaders like James Wolfensohn are also featured. Lucid pithy and insightful, these profiles are a valuable and interesting addition to the biographical literature of Pakistan. ISBN: 969402319X Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
In this beautifully written and fully detailed study, J. Royal Roseberry makes a major contribution to understanding the interaction of the agents of the British Raj and local leadership and elites in the nineteenth century.
In extending their power over the subcontinent, the British encountered their most difficult and complex task in the Indus Valley, northwest of Delhi. In playing the imperial game on this turbulent frontier they were often overmatched and outwitted by local leaders and their forces. Nowhere was the challenge greater than in Multan, a historic Muslim city, where power shifted continuously among a wavering dynasty, Hindu merchants, and tribal mercenaries.
A new factor entered the political arena in the 1840s with the arrival of representatives of the East India Company. Herbert Edwardes contested successfully with Diwan Mulraj and, through 1857, the administrative and land revenue systems of the Company were haltingly applied.
As elsewhere in India, local leaders and elites sought advantages under the new system and evaded its burdens when they could. Continuing the story after the disturbances of 1857-58 Roseberry discusses the continued jostling for power among Multan’s Muslims, Hindus, and British interlopers. He devotes attention to the judicial and revenue administrations, economic growth and social dislocation, and the growing communal tensions after 1880.
Spanning the end of the cold war up through the present day, this book covers figures from around the globe, including at least one entry from each of the 190 countries of the world as well as many leaders of states or peoples that are only nominally independent. Political leaders of every stripe—from Kofi Annan to Vladimir Zhirinovsky—are found in this comprehensive and accessible A-to-Z dictionary. ISBN: 8176499595 Publisher: VIVA BOOKS