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The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics

The Struggle for Pakistan A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics Established as a homeland for India s Muslims in Pakistan has had a tumultuous history that has unfolded in the vortex of dire regional and international conflicts Beset by assassinations coups

  • Title: The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics
  • Author: Ayesha Jalal
  • ISBN: 9780674052895
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Established as a homeland for India s Muslims in 1947, Pakistan has had a tumultuous history that has unfolded in the vortex of dire regional and international conflicts Beset by assassinations, coups, ethnic strife, and the breakaway of Bangladesh in 1971, the country has found itself too often contending with religious extremism and military authoritarianism Now, in aEstablished as a homeland for India s Muslims in 1947, Pakistan has had a tumultuous history that has unfolded in the vortex of dire regional and international conflicts Beset by assassinations, coups, ethnic strife, and the breakaway of Bangladesh in 1971, the country has found itself too often contending with religious extremism and military authoritarianism Now, in a probing biography of her native land amid the throes of global change, Ayesha Jalal provides an insider s assessment of how this nuclear armed Muslim nation evolved as it did and explains why its dilemmas weigh so heavily on prospects for peace in the region.Attentive to Pakistan s external relations as well as its internal dynamics, Jalal shows how the vexed relationship with the United States, border disputes with Afghanistan in the west, and the conflict with India over Kashmir in the east have played into the hands of the generals who purchased security at the cost of strong democratic institutions Combined with domestic ethnic and regional rivalries, such pressures have created a siege mentality that encourages military domination and militant extremism.Since 9 11, the country has been widely portrayed as a breeding ground for Islamic terrorism Assessing the threats posed by Al Qaeda and the Taliban as American troops withdraw from Afghanistan, Jalal contends that the battle for Pakistan s soul is far from over Her definitive biography reveals how pluralism and democracy continue to struggle for a place in this Muslim homeland, where they are so essential to its future.

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    1. Whenever Pakistan's history is talked about, its never too big, you don't start with history of humanity in the same geographical space, you just start somewhere in early 20th century and starts picking your way along the dismal path of a country that ever seems to be hanging by a thread. Millions of people have predicted the eventual fall and invariably each one of them has been wrong so far. Pakistan as a country is a miracle which seems to defy all logical expectations and survives solely on [...]

    2. Her best book so far. If there is one book you want to read about Pakistan than look no further. Ayesha sets the history straight with well-researched facts and anecdotes. Right from its creation, she weaves a very complex and challenging history of the 'land of the pure'. Just consider some of the issues developed in this fantastic book.Did Jinnah want a separate country or a state?Did he want an Islamic country?Why did Pakistan slide into army dictatorship so soon after independence?Who was re [...]

    3. This book isn't for everybody. Especially not for people who have absolutely no idea about Pakistan or even political jargon. This is because the scope of this book is huge. It covers Pakistan a little before its inception, even going back to the late 20's and 30's and ending around 2014. So, it covers a lot. And the author assumes that the reader will be able to keep up with names, roles and events that unfold as she swiftly takes the reader through regimes spanning a few year to decades.I like [...]

    4. The first few chapters on the subcontinent's partition and the first spell of Army rule in Pakistan were alright. But after that the book turned out to be terrible. It is rambling, incoherent, and poorly edited. The author just plugged in a series of facts, opinions and news headlines with no underlying theme tying them all together. There are better books out there about Pakistani history.

    5. Breathless high-level survey of Pakistan's history from about the 1930s to the election of Nawaz's third government in 2013. But analysis is uneven and sometimes absent and Jalal is literally the worst writer, on a sentence-to-sentence basis and also structurally, of any book that I've finished in the lastten years? Ever? The only reason this gets more than one star is because I actually did learn a few things from it. But that has more to do with my ignorance of the historical ins and outs of P [...]

    6. Ayesha Jalal in her book 'The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics', outlines the history of Pakistan as concisely as possible without a hint of bias. Her open condemnation of failed military policies and critique of self-styled military rulers (dictators) and politicians alike makes this book worth reading.The Struggle for Pakistan is highly recommended to anyone interested in the history of Pakistan.

    7. The start of the book is exceptional, so is the middle part. The end chapters are mere citations of different globally recognized newspapers and magazines with little comments from the writer herself. Nevertheless, the book is a candid reflection of the history of Pakistan with little to no biases. A must read for the leftist perspective on the history of Pakistan.

    8. Excellent book on Pakistan contemporary history. I never expected from any Pakistani so much honesty while writing book on history. The author is a little biased, but a person should be that biased that much while he/she is talking about his/her country and the most rival or enemy of his/her country. Otherwise author have done a remarkable job while writing history of country whose emergence itself caused million lives. Very less footnote,but analysis is outstanding. Before you write this kind o [...]

    9. This book is an eye opener! Highly recommended for anyone who is even slightly interested in Pakistan's history. This book has cemented my negative view of the army. I now think that the two greatest hurdles in Pakistan's progress, ever since it's independence, have been Punjab and the army. I am now certain that this country cannot progress unless army starts doing only what militaries in every other country do and the generals who have done grave injustices with this country be brought to just [...]

    10. Indeed a recommended read and specifically in the initial chapters, when it talks about the entire Pakistan movement and the formative phase of the country; it is insightful indeed in that part, however, towards the later part of the book and more distinctly towards the end, Ms.Jalal turns as if she's random analyst from some random newspaper writing a routine article specifically when she talks about the Musharraf era and onwards. However, not withstanding the magnanimity of its insightfulness, [...]

    11. It is about Pakistan from formation idea, to formation and through various convolutions till present. Book indicates that military power within state has been a corrosive influence and state seems to be very often defined as not-something(in this case India) more than an independent state should be. It is also striking that single province is too dominant. However the book is hopeful and suggests that people/state is resilient.

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