In this book, murder is viewed in the cultural specificity of Pakistan. The author shows how several peculiar factors – traditional safeguarding of the family relational system, land, historic notions of vengeance, baradari ties, the concept of honour etc – are all related to the cause and effect of murder and homicide in Pakistan.
The author also examines the secular nature of the Pakistani penal code in a country which apparently derives its raison d’etre from the spirit of Islam. The study is based on a sample survey of convicted murderers in the New Central Jail, Multan, the largest federal institution in the country which houses convicts from all over the country.
The author carried out exhaustive interviews and supplemented these findings with published data on homicide over a large period of time. Finally, his conclusions are compared to those of other studies from different cultures. This is the first major study on this subject to be published anywhere and is an invaluable source of primary material for further research.
ISBN: 9694020069 – Hardback Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS ISBN: 9694024153 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS Subtitle: THE APPLICATION OF ISLAMIC LAWS IN A MODERN STATE Author: ANITA M. WEISS
Professor Shayegan’s book is a major contribution to what is perhaps the most critical debate within the Muslim world today: the relationship between its own culture and the influence of Western modernity. Based on examples ranging from Iran to Morocco, the author portrays a society he defines as peripheral-bound by slavish adherence to its own glorified history, its ‘tradition’, yet facing an external reality that derives from the West. The meeting of these two incompatible worlds leads to a profound distortion, not only in how the Muslim world sees the West, but more importantly, in how it sees itself. Shayegan draws on a vast range of cultural experiences (from China and Japan to India and Latin America) in analyzing the type of mentality that is chained to its history. Sources as diverse as Yung and Octavio Paz widen the scope of this illuminating text. Already published in French to great critical acclaim, this English edition of Cultural Schizophrenia will be required reading for everyone concerned with the state of the world today, whether in the Third World or in the West. ISBN: 0863561624 Publisher: SAQI BOOKS Subtitle: ISLAMIC SOCIETIES CONFRONTING THE WEST Author: DARYUSH SHAYEGA
In this book Muslims, men and women, speak from the heart about what they believe and how they live. The central truths of Islam are stated by doctors, engineers, politicians, bankers, carpenters, as well as theologians. Islam has a billion followers. Like other great religions, its beliefs need to be taken seriously by all who want to understand today’s world. What does it have to say about family life, money, education, racial equality and pollution? Muslim readers of earlier editions welcomed a Christian author giving such a fair hearing to their faith. Their own sincere answers to her enquiries give a vivid insight into the Muslim mind. This book contains valuable resource material and is of interest to the general and to the academic reader. ISBN: 9694024080 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS Subtitle: NEW ED Author: CHARIS WADDY