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PEOPLE’S ROLE IN STRUGGLE FOR PAKISTAN 1940-47
The book explores the contribution of common people, including Muslim students, women, mystics, laborers, peasants, small-businessmen and low-cadre of government employees, of existing Pakistani territory in the Pakistan Movement, from 1940 to 1947. It challenges the common perception that only political leaders and the Muslim League made Pakistan. It argues that the common people of present Pakistani areas were not silent spectators of the historical developments of their time. This work has been produced under framework of radicalism which brings hidden historical facts to light. It does not refute the concept of affectivity and role of Quaid-i-Azam and his other colleagues who were playing their part in the conversations regarding transfer of power but adds to the existing knowledge that common people of existing Pakistani areas had provided real force to plans and point of views of the Quaid-i-Azam. It is tried to be proved with the solid evidence that without contribution of different marginalized sections of the society, making of Pakistan could be more difficult or at least inclusion of almost all existing areas of Pakistan in the Muslim homeland was rather impossible because the Muslim League did not have deep routes on grass-rout level in most of these areas. It was due to efforts of students, women, mystics and other social groups that the Muslim League was made popular within last few years of colonial rule and four Pakistani provinces successfully passed through the last examination, imposed on them in the June 3rd Plan 1947. So it was the last stage of Pakistan movement where impact of the workers of Pakistan movement was observed clearly. The files of workers of Pakistan movement, available at Pakistan Movement Workers Trust, interviews of the workers of Pakistan movement besides many other primary sources, had given validity to the point of view raised in this study.
ARIF NAQVI’S ABRAAJ GROUP & THE GEOPOLITICS OF KARACHI ELECTRIC
In 2017, Arif Naqvi and The Abraaj Group were on the brink of changing the world of private equity. Abraaj was a pioneer of a new model of impact investing built on the idea that making money and doing good are not mutually exclusive. It had helped transform communities and companies across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America by investing in healthcare, education and clean energy, and in 2017 it was on the threshold of closing a new fund that would provide S6 billion worth of investment to these emerging markets. But then it all came crashing down.
On 10 April 2019, after landing at London Heathrow, Naqvi was arrested on fraud charges. He is facing extradition to the United States and a potential prison sentence of up to 291 years if he is found guilty.
The dominant media narrative has painted Naqvi as a thief and fraudster, the so-called key man in an organised criminal conspiracy. But in this explosive new book, which is based on extensive research and interviews with key players, Brian Brivati discovers that things are not quite what they seem and finds that in this case of alleged fraud there is actually no money missing. Icarus explores how Abraaj found itself caught in the middle of a geopolitical war between the United States and China and when it would not bow to the whims of these global behemoths, economic hitmen tried to wipe it out.
SIGNATURE PEDAGOGIES OF TEACHER EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN
This book presents signature pedagogies in teacher education. It presents a very comprehensive framework of creative and innovative pedagogies. The examples that it presents were conceptualized and implemented in the M.Ed. programme and other professional development programmes at the Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED). Karachi, Pakistan. In this book, we have taken up the challenge of showcasing evolving and creative pedagogies used by faculty members at the AKU-IED in the teaching and learning processes. Each chapter is unique because each describes a pedagogy which is intricately linked to a subject area and is an example of a lived experienced of a faculty member teaching a course at the M.Ed. level and in other professional development programmes at the AKU-IED. The book is a pioneer in presenting a consolidated collection of signature pedagogies in teacher education. The hope is that these examples will be useful for other teachers and teacher educators not only in Pakistan but also in other developing country contexts and will contribute to the changing scenario of teacher education across the world.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah has been both celebrated and reviled for his role in the Partition of India, and the controversies surrounding his actions have only increased since his death. Ishtiaq Ahmed places Jinnah’s actions under intense scrutiny to ascertain the Quaid-i-Azam’s successes and failures, and the meaning and significance of his legacy. Using a wealth of contemporary records and archival material, he traces Jinnah’s journey from an Indian nationalist to a Muslim communitarian, and then from a Muslim nationalist to, finally, Pakistan’s all-powerful head of state. How did the ambassador of Hindu Muslim unity become the inflexible votary of the two-nation theory? Did Jinnah envision Pakistan as a theocratic state? What was federalism? Asking these crucial questions his position on Mahatma Gandhi and against the backdrop of the turbulent struggle against British colonialism, Jinnah is a path-breaking examination of one of the most controversial figures of the twentieth century.
PAKISTAN: PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC POLICY REDEFINED
Pakistan: Principles of Public Policy Redefined
How to Fast Track Progress – and Win Over Citizens!
Principles of Public Policy Redefined offers a comprehensive guideline to achieve the rationale for the country — that is, the welfare of its citizens. It is intended as a policy Guide for interested politicians, media analysts, academics/ researchers, citizen activists as well as government officials interested in policy and in developing sectoral programmes. The Introduction of the book sets out the framework — the core values and objectives, reasons for poverty, the most compelling argument for equality of opportunity for all and the social contract. The book then explains comprehensive policy guidelines on how to achieve the objective of citizens’ welfare, with chapters covering all the fundamentals — ranging from Governance and the Justice System to Education, Social Protection, Agriculture and other key sectors.
This book offers a comprehensive policy guideline for national development. It also gives a measure, a ready reference, to assess the performance of governments. The performance of the Parliament can be seen in the context of what ought to be done. This book can also be used to compare and judge political party ideology and their manifestos. Principles of Public Policy Redefined is a manifesto for socio-economic development; it offers a clear direction for the future.
The book addresses the most pressing issues of Pakistan.
NATIONAL AWAMI PARTY
This work explains the history, formation and orientation of the defunct Pakistan National Awami Party (NAP) from 1957 to 1975. NAP espoused a socialist and progressive approach in politics and gained considerable grass-roots support in both the wings of Pakistan. This book provides clues of the colonial legacy and post-1947 developments which restructured the trends of progressive politics in Pakistan. It analyzes the dynamics of progressive politics within the NAP framework as it had absorbed communist, progressive and ethno-nationalist elements in its fold. Most of its leaders had been blamed for their extra-territorial loyalties and links with Soviet Union, China, India and Afghanistan. This book candidly investigates such connections to better understand various standpoints.
Another remarkable feature of this study is a detailed account of the role NAB (Bhashani) played in mobilizing the masses to join hands with the Bangladesh Liberation Struggle in 1971. In addition, the book explores NAP’s role in the 1964-65 presidential election, division of the party in 1969, NAP (Wali)’s role in the 1971 crisis, ministry formation in NWFP & Balochistan, Pakhtunistan issue, and differences with Z. A. Bhutto which led to the banning of the party in 1975.
RELIGION, LAND AND POLITICS IN PAKISTAN
This is the first authoritative book on the phenomenon of piri-muridi in Pakistan. The author investigates the subject in the perspectives of history, religion. society, politics and economy. He asks vital questions about the nature. working and consequences of a principal aspect of folk religion and provides stimulating answers. The book breaks new ground in the study of an institution that is ruining the national economy, encouraging political corruption and dictatorship, defacing Islam and demoralizing society. Its great virtue lies in the fact it is a work of research as much as it is of analysis and reflection. Specifically. the author discusses the role of the pir, the roots and consequences of piri-muridi, the predicament of the situation and the straight and narrow path of the relationship. A list of some major sufis and thinkers, including the principal urses, is appended, including notes on the sufi saints of South Asia.
PEOPLES HISTORY OF PUNJAB
This book is not only about tales of Kings, Queens and Empires. It also chronicles Punjab history through the toil and sweat of its people, their songs, their romances, their folk tales, their hopes, their oppression, their exploitations. The author’s research canvas stretches from politics and history to genetics, archaeology and linguistics. The book not only covers economic, social and political developments but also discusses the ideological evolution of the region. In this manner, this book will present the history of Punjab from angles which have been ignored in the past, thereby opening new horizons of historiography.
Sufism has always been a contested space in Pakistan. Successive governments, political parties, and religious organizations have attempted to co-opt it or reject it to suit their own political agendas. Since the turn of the millennium, however, the Pakistani government has made a conscious effort to recast Pakistan as a ‘Sufi country’—a whitewashing endeavor.
In the past few decades, Pakistan’s image has taken a severe beating, ravaged as the country is by the rise of religious extremism. A focus on the syncretic culture of Sufism was seen as a way to reverse this damage without the need to explore more secular narratives and alternatives as almost every attempt at genuine reform has triggered extreme reactions from the politicoreligious segments of the society that were empowered through various controversial constitutional amendments and laws between 1974 and the late 1980s.
Soul Rivals discusses the many strands of Sufism (State, Pop, and Militant) that have emerged in the course of the country’s attempts to reimagine Sufism. In this close look at the religio-political space in Pakistan, Nadeem Farooq Paracha is as insightful as he is entertaining.
Praise for Points of Entry Paracha’s essays are constructed around closely felt personal encounters; and in being so, they nudge the reader (wherever she may be) to look around with keener eye and ear to find the imprints of history and diverse influences in everyday conversations, in the music and food around, in the life stories of stray acquaintances. It is, in sum, a riveting introduction to Pakistan. – Mini Kapoor, The Hindu
Layered and powerful, Paracha’s writing takes you beyond … the usual cliches, to present, a nuanced picture of a complex nation caught…. between the modernist impulse and the theocratic one – Manjula Narayan, Hindustan Times.
PAKISTAN: PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC POLICY REDEFINED
Pakistan: Principles of Public Policy Redefined offers a comprehensive guideline to achieve the rationale for the country — that is, the welfare of its citizens. It is intended as a policy guide for interested politicians, media analysts, academics/ researchers, citizen activists as well as government officials interested in policy and in developing sectoral programmes.
The Introduction of the book sets out the framework — the core values and objectives, reasons for poverty, the most compelling argument for equality of opportunity for all and the social contract. The book then explains comprehensive policy guidelines on how to achieve the objective of citizens’ welfare, with chapters covering all the fundamentals — ranging from Governance and the Justice System to Education, Social Protection, Agriculture and other key sectors.
This book can be used to compare and judge political party ideology and their manifestos. The performance of the Parliament can be seen in the context of what ought to be done. It also gives a measure, a ready reference, to assess the performance of governments. And above all it offers a comprehensive policy guideline for national development. Pakistan: Principles of Public Policy Redefined is a manifesto for socio-economic development; it offers a clear direction for the future. The book addresses the most pressing issues of Pakistan.
PAKISTAN’S RESPONSE TOWARDS TERRORISM
This book provides an extensive overview of Pakistan’s response towards terrorism under the General Pervez Musharraf-led military regime from 2001 to 2008. With the changing geo-political environment, the study argues Pakistan cannot deal with terrorism by piecemeal steps. An effective response necessitates a holistic, multi-dimensional and sustainable counter-terrorism policy that may entail redefining the role of the state as a facilitator of both traditional and non-traditional security concerns of the people of Pakistan.
< The central question addressed is, "How did the Musharraf government respond to terrorism in post 9/11 Pakistan, and did its response amount to the continuity of or a change in the country's traditional national security policy?" What military, political, social, economic and cultural reforms were introduced by the Musharraf regime as part of his internal security policy and reform agenda? Was there congruence between Pakistan's external security policy and internal security policy contrived to fight the threat of terrorism? What specific steps did the Musharraf government take to ensure citizen security, to combat terrorism within the state and do remodel foreign policy? And finally, did 9/11 and the emergence of threats to international peace perceived by the international order from non-state actors inform and change Pakistan's traditional national security doctrine? The book aims to fill this gap by deconstructing and analysing the actual steps taken by the Musharraf regime to combat the evolving menace of terrorism. In doing this, it aims to provide a vantage point for assessing and planning future policy on countering terrorism. The conceptual framework proposed by this study is based on the critical analysis of the existing literature on the subject of security at the international, regional and national levels, while staying within the Westphalian system of Weberian states. Thus, state remains the unit of analysis and referent object of security and in starting out to understand the behaviour of the Pakistani state. The book conceives an integrated framework of security with an added emphasis on the citizen as the prime consumer and beneficiary of the state’s national security framework. Hence, aiming to go beyond Pakistan’s traditional national security policy framework.
THE EPIC OF PURAN BHAGAT
Qadiryar (1802-1891) is not nearly as well-known as his great predecessors Baba Farid, Shah Hussain, Sultan Bahu, Bulleh Shah and Waris Shah. The fame he enjoys rests on his si harfi Puran Bhagat which has been translated for the first time into English verse by Taufiq Rafat. Puran Bhagat for all its virtues is a serious poem with no vignettes of rural life which interlard the epic romances, and which endeared these poems to the masses. Its affinity to the Phaedra legend will be found very intriguing. But these are academic considerations. In its own right, however, Qadiryar’s Puran Bhagat deserves to be recognised as a masterpiece. We hope that this translation will draw attention once again to this long neglected poem. To the reader of English however, Puran Bhagat will be a revelation. The sheer sweep and power of the poem will hit him like a tidal wave. We doubt if he will be able to put down the book till he has read the last line. This particular translation has had one end primarily in view—unobstructed narration. Such native wisdom as Qadiryar infused into the narrative, is an organic part of it, and cannot be isolated as memorable quotes. But this becomes irrelevant when one is confronted with this memorable poem.
After political reforms and the completion of the Karakoram Highway in the 1970s, farming systems in the mountains of northern Pakistan have been subject to major transformations. Among other changes, there has been a significant shift from subsistence agriculture to the commercial production of cash crops, while farming practices have become less important to the diversified livelihoods of the local population. Based on original field research in Nagar, Gilgit-Baltistan, this book provides a comprehensive and nuanced analysis of the actors and factors responsible for these changes in manifold ways. By applying a novel conceptualisation of agriculture as social-ecological assemblage, this work also investigates how these local dynamics relate to broader processes of political, social, and environmental change.
Since the early 1980s, very little research has been done in the high mountain community of Nagar, located between Gilgit city and the better-known Hunza district. With detailed chapters on the environmental and societal history of Nagar, enriched by numerous photographs, maps, and illustrations, this book provides the first comprehensive study about this remote mountain community available in the English language.
BHUTTO: A POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto came from a wealth family of feudal landowners in Sind. Although west-ernized by education in the United States and in England, he became the champion of the Third World when he was appointed the youngest Foreign Minister in Asia in 1962.
Disillusioned with his one-time mentor, President Ayub Khan, he orchestrated civilian demonstrations which toppled him from power. A skillful and sophisticated politician, he nevertheless failed to prevent (and some say le even provoked) the bloodbath which led to the secession of Bangladesh.
He assumed power in the aftermath of the debacle, and swept the general elections in West Pakistan with a slogan of ‘iroti kapara makan’ ‘food, clothes and shelter’. Bhutto’s regime, which began with so much promise, eventually fell to an army coup amid charges of violence and oppression. His trail, which lasted nearly two years, caused world-wide sensation. In spite of pleas for clemency from many heads of state, he was hanged on 4 April 1979.
His courage in the face of death made him a martyr whose shadow will fall on the politics of Pakistan for years of come. Salmaan Taseer’s political biography provides unique insight into this dramatic career and into the political structure of Pakistan. The author interviewed Bhutto on several occasions and reveals hitherto unknown facts about his rise and fall, and provides an ac-count of intrigue, feudalism, populism and religion which is highly relevant to what is happening in Pakistan today.
Author, cultural critic and historian nadeem farooq paracha details the history of muslim modernism – a 19th century idea which further evolved in the the early 20th century and inspired the creation of a separate muslim-majority country, pakistan. Paracha explores how this idea became part of the narrative which first justified the creation of pakistan and then became part of this country’s nationalist outlook.
however, from the mid-19705, this idea began to erode and was replaced by a more myopic view of pakistani nationalism which permeated the state and society, retarding their evolution. It hurled them into an identity and existentialist crises ravaged by extremist violence, hate crimes and severe sectarian, sub-sectarian and religious polarisation.
after investigating the reasons behind the birth, rise and decline of muslim modernism in south asia and pakistan, paracha builds a case of its possible revival for a state and polity now trying to wriggle out of the many ideological and constitutional traps they created for themselves in their bid to divorce the country from its modernist muslim roots.
PUNJABI, URDU, ENGLISH IN PAKISTAN
This book is packed with information about attitudes towards not only the national language Urdu; an international language English; and a local language Punjabi in Pakistan and its effects on the learning and evaluation of these languages. it would be of interest to not only sociolinguists but also Language Teachers.
THE PAKISTAN ANTI-HERO: HISTORY OF PAKISTANI NATIONALISM THROUGH THE LIVES OF ICONOCLASTS
In The Pakistan Anti-Hero, Paracha further explores the political and social evolution of Pakistan’s polity which he first investigated in his best-selling debut, End of the Past.
He expands this investigation by closely tracking the country’s social and political trajectory through the lives of ‘anti-heroes’ – or those men and women whose place in history has transcended model heroic characteristics.
From digging deeper into the psyches and histories of well-known men and women, to looking closer at the lives of those who have only briefly been explored, Paracha surveys the lives of scholars, ideologues, sportsmen, authors, politicians, militants, actors and even some obscure personalities that he met as a young man and then as a journalist.
He cuts through the mainstream historical accounts of certain famous as well as notorious figures to study them in a more detached and yet empathetic manner to gain a starker understanding of a nation which has continued to develop through multiple existential crisis.
FROM JINNAH TO ZIA
This book “does not claim to be a history of Pakistan-. Its less ambitious format is defined as being “a part of that history namely- the ideological and geographical changes in Pakistan”
The author maintains that the Quaid-i-Azam never used the words “ideology of Pakistan” laying emphasis on Quaid’s speech of August II, 1947, to prove that’. the pattern of government which the Quaid-i-Azam had in mind was a secular, democratic government-. The scene, however, changed with Liaqat Ali Khan’s objective resolution, which the author contrast with the Quaid’s vision of Pakistani Polity, pointing out five points of difference involving question of sovereignty God or people,; the existence and non existence of religious minorities in Pakistan.
Mr. Munir points out how the Taxation system of the early days of Islam cannot be adopted in TOTO and its original form to cope with the needs of a modern state. The view that everything is possible provided it is not contrary to the Quran and Sunnah alone can save these taxes, because in the Quran and Hadis there is nothing against most of them. But in that case you will have to say good-bye to the claim that Niazam-i-Mustafa or Quran and Sunnah provide solutions of everything under the sun…
The most controversial Book of the year
WORLD POWERS AND THE 1971 BREAKUP OF PAKISTAN
Most people have a vague idea that in the months leading to the 1971 breakup of Pakistan and during the savage military action in East Pakistan all the major world powers (except China, which couldn’t do anything) were severely critical of Pakistan’s policies and decisions. For the first time, this book chronicles and records this hostility precisely, punctiliously and extensively.
For this purpose Professor Aziz has consulted an incredibly enormous range of source material: 152 newspapers and magazines, 155 journal articles, 133 books, and several unpublished radio and TV broadcast transcripts.
The focus is on the United States, the United Kingdom and the USSR, with a brief look at the rest of the world. A detailed chapter de-scribes the making and implications of the lethal Indo-Soviet Treaty. The brief but explosive prologue is a novel and damaging expose of the unpardonable mistakes made by the All India Muslim League leadership between 1906 and 1947 which, irrevocably and inevitably, led to the creation of Bangladesh. This investigation is based on original and contemporary documents. To put the foreign comments in their context, the more relevant portions of the Hamood-ur-Rahman Commission Report are reproduced in an appendix.
This book is a register of events, a narrative of public opinion and an account of how the world powers saw and judged the developments of 1970-71. It is a collection of stark and brutal facts and comments upon them. It is not a work of analysis or judgment because Pakistani scholars are denied the freedom of expression essential for that exercise.
As most of the material used here is available in Pakistan but not all of it at one place anywhere, this volume is a valuable and indispensable source book for any study of the 1971 disaster.
“Kalabagh Dam: Sifting Fact from Fiction” provides a comprehensive account of events and perceptions related to Pakistan’s most controversial issue. Developed by WAPDA as an engineering project related to water storage, the Kalabagh Dam has now become a victim of political posturing.
An effort has been made in this book to identify those developments which have led us to the present impasse, including the real facts that lie buried deep in the official record, as well as previous attempts to develop a national consensus on the subject. The book also narrates water sector challenges faced by Pakistan and how other countries around the world have successfully resolved similar issues. This effort to remove myths nurtured on regional fears and apprehensions should hopefully pave the way in developing a consensual approach in tackling critical water issues, including Kalabagh Dam.
A timely and indispensable book on a critical subject by an authority of repute and experience.
END OF THE PAST
END OF THE PAST is a documentation of how the consequences of various ideological experiments over the last many decades in Pakistan seeped into the soul of the country, insulating future generations from the world, causing them to experience the worst kind of identity crisis.
Paracha’s observations and pithy prose weaving in personal stories stems from growing up as the son of a journalist who eventually found a voice of his own as one of Pakistan’s leading cultural critics and satirists. He chronologically maps how Pakistan’s spiritual soul has been trampled upon in its quest to gain acceptance as an ‘ideological state’.
END Of THE PAST is written not so much as a nostalgic memoir as an analysis in the form of a narrative and a means of explaining the enigma that is Pakistan.
Paracha looks at Pakistan’s political, sporting and cultural pasts, hoping that future generations will learn from them and chart a brand new beginning for a country that he loves passionately. He pleads for a decisive end of the past so that a new and less tumultuous future can be envisioned and built.
GULF CHARITIES AND ISLAMIC PHILANTHROPY IN THE “AGE OF TERROR” AND BEYOND
Gulf Charities and Islamic Philanthropy in the “Age of Terror” and Beyond is the first book to be published on the charities of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Gulf, covering their work both domestic and International. From a diversity of viewpoints and with numerous case studies from the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, the book addresses:
The Historical roots of Islamic philanthropy
‘Gulf charities’relations with “Western” relief and development institutions
The Impact of violent extremism on the sector
The obstacles faced by bona fide Islamic charities in control zones
The prospects for a less politicized Islamic charity sector
THE QUR’AN REVEALED
Colin Turner’s analysis of Nursi’s Episties of Light presents Nursi’s commentary on the Quran in an especially interesting manner for an English-speaking audience.
The topics of Nursi’s episties including nature and causality, belief and unbelief, righteous action, sincerity and brotherhood, love, and politics cover the gamut of human existence and reflections on humankind’s place in the universe.
Colin Turner’s The Quran Revealed is a remarkable exercise in “thick description,” a method of inquiry associated with Clifford Geertz, that places a text or set of events in a context that allows outsiders to understand its significance.
(from the foreword by Dale F. Eickelman)
“Finally, the author breaks his silence in public with this powerful memoir that is a severe indictment of a broken political and military system that led to the breakup of Pakistan and the descent into the politics of revenge and corruption.
Brigadier Ali represents a dying breed of brilliant and upright army officers who hold country above self and principle above pelf.
This book needs to be read and discussed by young officers in every regiment and headquarters of the Pakistan army. It is a paean to the “band of brothers” who dared to risk their careers for the sake of the country. Some were relatives of mine. Others I knew through my cousin, Farooq Nawaz Janjua, who too was at Attock Fort and who left this earth far too soon, after his release from prison”.
Is the Director of the South Asia Center at
the Atlantic Council, Washington. He is the author of
“Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within”
(Oxford University Press, 2008.)
THE DRY SIDE OF THE INDUS
They are unknown but they cover an area of more than one million hectares, which is close to 10% of all irrigated land in Pakistan: spate irrigation systems. Also called ‘rod kohi’ ‘sailaba’ or ‘nai’ in different parts of the country. Dependent on making the most out of short duration floods. They embody a unique and ancient culture of water sharing.
This book describes for the very first time these special systems and the societies they have given rise to.
Political satire is a staple of democracy. And this is satire at its brilliant best witty, pithy and hilarious. Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan’s fictional diary pushes the boundaries of censorship and intolerance. It is a must-read for all those interested in the endless drama, delusion, hypocrisy, ignorance, manipulation, ego mania and absurdity that is Pakistani power politics.
IS ISLAM SECULARIZABLE?
IS ISLAM SECULARIZABLE? Is the third and final volume of essays by Sadik al-Azm on the broad theme of secularism, fundamentalism and the meaning of Islam.
ON FUNDAMENTALISMS is the first of three volumes of essays by Sadik al-Azm on the broad theme of secularism, fundamentalism and the meaning of Islam.
ISLAM: SUBMISSION AND DISOBEDIENCE
Islam: Submission and disobedience is the second of three volumes of essays by Sadik al-azm on the board theme of secularism, fundamentalism and the meaning of Islam.
AMERICA’S WAR ON TERROR BECAME A GLOBAL WAR ON TRIBAL ISLAM?
1n the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the United states declared war on terrorism. More than ten years later, the results are decidedly mixed. Here world-renowned author, diplomat, and scholar Akbar Ahmed reveals an important yet largely ignored result of this war: in many nations it has exacerbated the already broken relationship between central governments and the largely rural Muslim tribal societies on the peripheries of both Muslim and non-Muslim nations. The center and the periphery are engaged in a mutually destructive civil war across the globe, a conflict that has been intensified by the war on terror. Conflicts between governments and tribal societies predate the war on terror in many regions, from South Asia to the Middle East to North Africa, pitting those in the centers of power against those who live in the outlying provinces. Akbar Ahmed’s unique study demonstrates that this conflict between the center and the periphery has entered a new and dangerous stage with U.S. involvement after 9/n and the deployment of drones, in the hunt for al Qaeda, threatening thevery existence of many tribal societies American f irepowerand its vast anti-terror network have turned the war on terror into a global war on tribal Islam. And too often the victims are innocent children at school, women in their homes, workers simply trying to earn a living, and worshipers in their mosques. Battered by military attacks or drone strikes one day and suicide bombers the next, the tribes bemoan, “Everyday is like 9/11 for us.”
In The Thistle and the Drone, the third volume in Ahmed’s groundbreaking trilogy examining relations between America and the Muslim world, the author draws on forty case studies representing the global spanof Islam to demonstrate how the U.S. has become involved directly or indirectly in each of these societies. The study provides the social and historical context necessary to understand how both central governments and tribal societies have become embroiled in America’s war. Beginning with Waziristan and expanding to societies in Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere, Ahmed offers a fresh approach to the conflicts studied and presents an unprecedented paradigm for understanding and winning the war on terror.
TREKKING GUIDE TO THE KARAKORAM AND HINDU KUSH OF NORTHERN PAKISTAN
Northern Pakistan – the ancient crossroads in the heart of Asia – is a land of secluded valleys and flower-strewn alpine pastures, surrounded by soaring peaks and shimmering glaciers. This mountain World is so remote that many of its numerous principalities, which inspired Marco Polo to call it ‘noisy with kingdoms’, remained independent until recently. Today, Hunza, Nagar, Gilgit, Chitral and Baltistan invite the visitor, whether on a jeep safari or trekking, to discover the grandeur of this mountain world and experience the hospitality of their peoples. Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, of Chinese pilgrims seeking scriptures in the golden age of Buddhism, or of the British and Russian explorers, adventurers and spies of the legendary ‘Great Game’.
*Detailed how-to for individual trekkers, hiring guides and porters, buying food and equipment
* Descriptions of over 100 treks and Walks
*New full colour maps
*Interesting history and anecdotes
*Urdu, SHina, Balti, Khowar and Burushaski Glossaries
The book contains a collection of essays covering a wide range of issues pertaining to the dreadful threat of terrorism faced by Pakistan. The essays throw light on the strands of extremism obtaining in different strata of the society. It traces the genesis and spread of extremism and terrorism within and around the borders of Pakistan. Interconnectivity between extremism and terrorism has been explored The ugly turn of radicalism into terrorism and its concomitant miseries for the common man are the subject matter of an in-depth analysis on the cumulative losses and gains of the Pakistani society. The potent existential threat to the state of Pakistan by terrorism and through its use as an instrument by friends and foes alike is the revealing outcome of this collection. A composite set of suggestions have been made to sagaciously address the issue.