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  • KARACHI

    With a population exceeding twenty million, Karachi is one of the world?s largest ?megacities?. It is also one of the most violent.

    Since the mid-1980s, Karachi has endured endemic political conflict and criminal violence, which revolve around control of the city and its resources (votes, land and bhatta ? ?protection? money). These struggles for the city have become ethnicised. In the process, Karachi, often referred to as a ?Pakistan in miniature?, has become increasingly fragmented, socially as well as territorially.

    Despite this chronic state of urban political warfare, Karachi remains the cornerstone of the economy of Pakistan. In contrast to the ?chaotic? and ?anarchic? city portrayed in journalistic accounts, there is indeed order of a kind in the city?s permanent civil war.

    Far from being entropic, Karachi?s polity is predicated upon relatively stable patterns of domination, rituals of interaction and forms of arbitration, which have made violence manageable for its population ? even if this does not exclude a pervasive state of fear, which results from the continuous transformation of violence in the course of its updating. Whether such ?ordered disorder? is viable in the long term remains to be seen, but for now Karachi works despite ? and sometimes through ? violence
    ISBN: 9786277626228
    Publisher: LIBERTY BOOKS
    Subtitle: ORDERED DISORDER AND THE STRUGGLE FOR THE CITY
    Author: LAURENT GAYER

     1,695
  • GUJARAT UNDER MODI

    In 2012 Narendra Modi became the first Hindu nationalist politician thrice elected to lead a state of the Indian Union, his stewardship as Chief Minister of Gujarat being the longest in that state?s history. Modi and his BJP supporters explained his achievement by pointing to economic growth under his leadership, yet detractors point out that Modi has been more business-friendly than market-friendly?to the benefit of large industrial corporations, and at the cost of great social polarisation. In 2002, an anti-Muslim pogrom of unparalleled ferocity occurred in Gujarat, leading to the biggest number of Muslim deaths since Partition. The state?s Hindu majority immediately rallied around Modi. No serious riot has occurred in Gujarat since, but polarisation was key to Modi?s strategy there, and he has deployed that strategy again and again since he became Prime Minister of India in 2014. For Modi has cultivated a communal image. A marketing genius, his messaging combines the politics of Hindutva with economic modernisation, to the clear appreciation of Gujarat?s middle class. Christophe Jaffrelot?s revealing book shows how Modi?s Gujarat served as the laboratory of Modi?s India, not only in terms of Hindu majoritarianism and national populism, but also of caste and class politics.

    ISBN: 9781849044295
    Publisher: LONDON
    Subtitle: LABORATORY OF TODAY’S INDIA
    Author: CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT

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  • IN THE LINE OF FIRE

    It is almost unprecedented for a head of state to publish a memoir while still in office. But Pervez Musharraf is no ordinary head of state. As President of Pakistan since 1999, his is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and he continues to play a crucial role in the global war on terror. A one-time supporter of the Taliban, a general who fought in several wars, President Musharraf took a decisive turn against militant Islam in 2001. Since then he has survived two assassination attempts; rooted out militants in his own government; helped direct countless raids against al-Qaeda both in his cities and in the mountains; and tracked Osama bin Laden with technical and human intelligence. IN THE LINE OF FIRE is astonishingly revealing and honest about dozens of topics of intense interest to the world. Among its many exactly how Pakistani authorities tracked down and smashed three major al-Qaeda control centres in the mountains; how al-Qaeda’s many-layered structure was revealed after the assassination attempts; Bin Laden’s current position within the al-Qaeda hierarchy; what it has been like to deal with Bush and Blair; how Pakistan and India have avoided nuclear confrontation; and much more. The terrible earthquake of 2005, killing nearly 40,000 Pakistanis, is just one chapter in a life and career that has been filled with danger and drama. The worldwide launch of President Musharraf’s memoir promises to be a sensation.
    ISBN: 9780743295826
    Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Subtitle: A MEMOIR
    Author: PERVEZ MUSHARRAF

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  • GLIMPSES INTO THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

    This book offers an insider’s view of people and events that directly affected the course of Pakistan’s political history. The author gradually widens the scope of his recollections from his boyhood and school days as a child in a peripatetic military family, to events of Partition, his cadetship at Sandhurst, and the huge affairs of state he experienced as the son of Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan, former Commander-in-Chief and President and Pakistan’s first military ruler, as also in his capacity as Ayub Khan’s ADC, and eventually as a politician in his own right.
    Details of important military campaigns of the period before and during which Gohar Ayub rejoined service in the army are also included in these memoirs, as are pen portraits of members of his immediate family and leading contemporary personalities.
    Glimpses into the Corridors of Power will appeal to all readers interested in an informed personal perspective of significant events in Pakistan’s history from a leading political personality who had access to the inner sanctums of power.
    ISBN: 9780195473544
    Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle:
    Author: GOHAR AYUB KHAN

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  • THE RITUAL OF ELECTIONS IN PAKISTAN 1970 – 2018

    Writing on the eve of Pakistan’s twelfth general election scheduled for February 2024, the author narrates, analyzes and reflects on all the eleven general elections which have preceded it. The narrative is an easy flowing blend of history and empirical data. The book provides user-friendly access to the Gallup & Gilani Index of Electoral Record which is a carefully crafted data set constituting the voting history of the nearly three hundred million Pakistanis who have ever turned up to vote since 1970. In addition, the book provides access to a Gallup + Gilani compiled census of Pakistan’s political class. The census lists and informs on the size of the vote banks and the party affiliations of more than 8,000 members of this class who contested an election to the National Assembly since 2002.
    Going beyond objective data and historical facts, the author reflects on why elections alone do not deliver democracy and good government. He proposes to restructure Pakistan’s electoral geography by creating 40 sub-provinces as the new platforms of political power and authority. The author’s prognosis is that Pakistan’s current political crisis has been sparked by the unmet power-sharing aspirations of a new political class. He believes they deserve to be listened-to and provided with new and numerous platforms of political authority as the existing ones are too few and already overcrowded by the deserving and the undeserving.
    ISBN: 9789697162819
    Publisher: LIGHTSTONE PUBLISHERS
    Subtitle: A PROCESS WITHOUT A PRODUCT
    Author: DR IJAZ SHAFI GILANI

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  • MILITARY INC.

    Pakistan is a strategic ally of the US in the ?war on terror?. It is the third largest recipient of US aid in the world. Yet Pakistan is a state run by its army and intelligence service. Operating in the shadows, Pakistan?s military industrial complex owns and controls swathes of the economic and political landscape of the country. Military Inc. dares to illuminate the military as an oppressive holding company possessing not just security-related businesses, but also hotels, shopping malls, insurance companies, banks, farms and even an airline. The result is a deeply undemocratic society, where money is funnelled towards the military s economic enterprises, leaving those in need of it impoverished and effectively disenfranchised. With an empirical richness, and a view to Pakistan?s recent history, Ayesha Siddiqa offers a detailed and powerful case study of a global phenomenon: corruption, hollow economic growth and elitism. This new edition includes a chapter on the recent developments of the military s foray into the media, and a new preface.
    ISBN: 9780745399010
    Publisher: PLUTO PRESS
    Subtitle: INSIDE PAKISTAN’S MILITARY ECONOMY – 2ND ED
    Author: AYESHA SIDDIQA

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  • THE PROMISE OF PIETY

    In The Promise of Piety, Arsalan Khan examines the zealous commitment to a distinct form of face-to-face preaching (dawat) among Pakistani Tablighis, practitioners of the transnational Islamic piety movement the Tablighi Jamaat. This group says that Muslims have abandoned their religious duties for worldly pursuits, creating a state of moral chaos apparent in the breakdown of relationships in the family, nation, and global Islamic community. Tablighis insist that this dire situation can only be remedied by drawing Muslims back to Islam through dawat, which they regard as the sacred means for spreading Islamic virtue. In a country founded in the name of Muslim identity and where Islam is ubiquitous in public life, the Tablighi claim that Pakistani Muslims have abandoned Islam is particularly striking.

    The Promise of Piety shows how Tablighis constitute a distinct form of pious relationality in the ritual processes and everyday practices of dawat and how pious relationality serves as a basis for transforming domestic and public life. Khan explores both the promise and limits of the Tablighi project of creating an Islamic moral order that can transcend the political fragmentation and violence of life in postcolonial Pakistan.
    ISBN: 9781501773570
    Publisher: LONDON
    Subtitle: ISLAM AND THE POLITICS OF MORAL ORDER IN PAKISTAN
    Author: ARSALAN KHAN

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  • TALIBAN

    Following the U.S-Taliban peace deal of February 2020 – and the U.S’s promised withdrawal from Afghanistan – the Taliban began terrorizing Afghan security forces, civilians and the government in Kabul. By August 2021, the group had seized control of the entire country.

    Taliban is a New York Times bestseller by the award-winning journalist Ahmed Rashid. Now considered a modern classic, the book provides rare insight into the history of the Taliban, their political movement, their leaders and their aims. This authoritative account is renowned for being able to explain one of the world’s most extreme organizations from their inception in northern Pakistan in the early 1990s to their rise to power. In doing so, Rashid closely details their impact on Afghanistan, the Middle East and Central Asia, and how and why the Taliban spread, including their relationship with both Al-Qaeda and the U.S.

    The book has sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 40 languages. This third edition marks twenty years since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and the author adds a new introduction to reflect on how the group regained their strength, the humanitarian crisis, and what Taliban rule is likely to mean for the region and the world.
    ISBN: 9780755647101
    Publisher: I. B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: THE POWER OF MILITANT ISLAM IN AFGHANISTAN AND BEYOND
    Author: Ahmed Rashid

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  • THE MAKING OF PAKISTAN


    ISBN: 9789693508703
    Publisher: SANG-E-MEEL PUBLICATION
    Subtitle: A STUDY IN NATIONALISM
    Author: K.K.AZIZ

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  • THE PAKISTAN PARADOX

    Pakistan was born as the creation of elite Urdu-speaking Muslims who sought to govern a state that would maintain their dominance. After rallying non-Urdu speaking leaders around him, Jinnah imposed a unitary definition of the new nation state that obliterated linguistic diversity. This centralisation – ‘justified’ by the Indian threat – fostered centrifugal forces that resulted in Bengali secessionism in 1971 and Baloch, as well as Mohajir, separatisms today.

    Concentration of power in the hands of the establishment remained the norm, and while authoritarianism peaked under military rule, democracy failed to usher in reform, and the rule of law remained fragile at best under Zulfikar Bhutto and later Nawaz Sharif. While Jinnah and Ayub Khan regarded religion as a cultural marker, since their time the Islamists have gradually prevailed. They benefited from the support of General Zia, while others, including sectarian groups, cashed in on their struggle against the establishment to woo the disenfranchised.

    Today, Pakistan faces existential challenges ranging from ethnic strife to Islamism, two sources of instability which hark back to elite domination. But the resilience of the country and its people, the resolve of the judiciary and hints of reform in the army may open a new and more stable chapter in its history.
    ISBN: 9781849043298
    Publisher: LONDON
    Subtitle: INSTABILITY AND RESILIENCE
    Author: CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT

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  • MODI’S INDIA

    A riveting account of how a popularly elected leader has steered the world’s largest democracy toward authoritarianism and intolerance

    Over the past two decades, thanks to Narendra Modi, Hindu nationalism has been coupled with a form of national-populism that has ensured its success at the polls, first in Gujarat and then in India at large. Modi managed to seduce a substantial number of citizens by promising them development and polarizing the electorate along ethno-religious lines. Both facets of this national-populism found expression in a highly personalized political style as Modi related directly to the voters through all kinds of channels of communication in order to saturate the public space.

    Drawing on original interviews conducted across India, Christophe Jaffrelot shows how Modi’s government has moved India toward a new form of democracy, an ethnic democracy that equates the majoritarian community with the nation and relegates Muslims and Christians to second-class citizens who are harassed by vigilante groups. He discusses how the promotion of Hindu nationalism has resulted in attacks against secularists, intellectuals, universities, and NGOs. Jaffrelot explains how the political system of India has acquired authoritarian features for other reasons, too. Eager to govern not only in New Delhi, but also in the states, the government has centralized power at the expense of federalism and undermined institutions that were part of the checks and balances, including India’s Supreme Court.

    Modi’s India is a sobering account of how a once-vibrant democracy can go wrong when a government backed by popular consent suppresses dissent while growing increasingly intolerant of ethnic and religious minorities.
    ISBN: 9780691206806
    Publisher: PRINCETON
    Subtitle: HINDU NATIONALISM AND THE RISE OF ETHNIC DEMOCRACY
    Author: CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT

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  • SPIES, LIES, AND ALGORITHMS

    Spying has never been more ubiquitous?or less understood. The world is drowning in spy movies, TV shows, and novels, but universities offer more courses on rock and roll than on the CIA and there are more congressional experts on powdered milk than espionage. This crisis in intelligence education is distorting public opinion, fueling conspiracy theories, and hurting intelligence policy. In Spies, Lies, and Algorithms, Amy Zegart separates fact from fiction as she offers an engaging and enlightening account of the past, present, and future of American espionage as it faces a revolution driven by digital technology
    ISBN: 9780691223070
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE
    Author: AMY B. ZEGART

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  • IMRAN KHAN PAKISTAN


    ISBN: 9780593067741
    Publisher: BANTAM BOOKS
    Subtitle: A PERSONAL HISTORY
    Author: IMRAN KHAN

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  • THE BREAK-UP OF BRITAIN

    In this classic text, first published in 1977, Tom Nairn memorably depicts the slow foundering of the United Kingdom on the rocks of constitutional anachronism, its fall from empire and the gathering force of civic nationalism. Rich in comparisons between the nationalisms of the British Isles and those of the wider world, The Break-Up of Britain concludes by reflecting on the Janus-faced nature of national identity. Postscripts from the Thatcher and New Labour years trace the political strategies whose upshot accelerated the demise of a British order they were intended to serve.

    As a second Scottish independence referendum beckons, a new introduction by open Democracys Anthony Barnett underlines the book?s enduring relevance.
    ISBN: 9781781683200
    Publisher: VERSO
    Subtitle: CRISIS AND NEO NATIONALISM
    Author: TOM NAIRN

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  • QAUM, MULK, SULTANAT

    After the trauma of mass violence and massive population movements around the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, both new nation states faced the enormous challenge of creating new national narratives, symbols, and histories, as well as a new framework for their political life. While leadership in India claimed the anti-colonial movement, Gandhi, and a civilizational legacy in the subcontinent, the new political elite in Pakistan were faced with a more complex task: to carve out a separate and distinct Muslim history and political tradition from a millennium long history of cultural and religious interaction, mixing, and coexistence. Drawing on a rich archive of diverse sources, Ali Qasmi traces the complex development of ideas of citizenship and national belonging in the postcolonial Muslim state, offering a nuanced and sweeping history of the country s formative period. Qasmi paints a rich picture of the long, arduous, and often conflict-ridden process of writing a democratic constitution of Pakistan, while simultaneously narrating the invention of a range of new rituals of state?such as the exact color of the flag, the precise date of birth of the national poet of Pakistan, and the observation of Eid as a “national festival”?providing an illuminating analysis of the practices of being Pakistani, and a new portrait of Muslim history in the subcontinent.
    ISBN: 9789696403012
    Publisher: ILQA PUBLICATIONS
    Subtitle:
    Author: ALI USMAN QASMI

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  • EARTHLY ORDER


    ISBN: 9789697343836
    Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: HOW NATURAL LAWS DEFINE HUMAN LIFE
    Author: SALEEM H. ALI

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  • PAKISTAN: SEARCH FOR STABILITY

    Pakistan faces a number of critical challenges, a polycrisis that comprises multiple crises, political, constitutional, economic, security, geo-political, demographic, and ecological. These systemic challenges are the cumulative consequence of decades of poor governance and squandered opportunities whose convergence creates a formidable, overall challenge.

    Dr Maleeha Lodhi, the country’s well-known diplomat, political scientist, and journalist holds that the country’s leaders, both civilian and military, have failed to take a long view and outline a vision for the country. They have spent much of the time in crisis management or power-preservation modes, postponing meaningful reform and looking for short term, expedient solutions to Pakistan’s problems. The consequences of those sins of omission and commission in numerous but interconnected areas have now come together to create a moment of truth for the country.

    This volume is a compilation of nineteen essays by Pakistan’s distinguished experts offering analyses of these challenges and proposing solutions. These essays are essential reading for those seeking to understand Pakistan’s present-day immediacies and trends into the future.

    ISBN: 9780199062041
    AUTHOR: Maleeha Lodhi
    ISBN: 9780199062041
    Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle:
    Author: MALEEHA LODHI

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  • PAKISTAN: THE FORMATIVE PHASE 1857-1948

    This admirably written book analyzes, in a scholarly and impartial way, a mass of material relating to the creation of Pakistan. Taking 1857 as the starting point, Khalid bin Sayeed relates the diverse factors which periodically heightened or lowered tension between the Hindus and Muslims of the subcontinent.

    Even fifty years after it was first published, Khalid bin Sayeed’s scholarly study of the formative phase of Pakistan remains the definitive work for the period.

    ISBN: 9780195771145

    AUTHOR: KHALID BIN SAYEED
    ISBN: 9780195771145
    Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: 2ND ED
    Author: KHALID BIN SAYEED

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  • DIALOGUE IN PALESTINE

    Since 1993, various international donors have poured money into a People-to-People (P2P) diplomacy programme in Palestine. This grassroots initiative – still funded by prominent external donors today – seeks to foster public engagement through contact and therefore remove deeply embedded barriers. This book examines the limited nature of this ‘contact’ and explains why the P2P framework, which was ostensibly concerned with the promotion of peace, ultimately served to reinforce conflict and power relations. The book is based on the author’s own experience of the solidarity activities during the First Intifada and her first-hand involvement as a coordinator of the P2P projects implemented during the 1990s. It provides a much-needed critical account of the internationally-sponsored peace process and develops new theoretical analyses of settler colonialism.

     


    ISBN: 9781838603847
    Publisher: I. B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: THE PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE DIPLOMACY PROGRAMME AND THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
    Author: NADIA NASER-NAJJAB

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  • THE PALESTINIAN NATIONAL MOVEMENT IN LEBANON


    ISBN: 9780755602834
    Publisher: I. B. TAURIS
    Subtitle:

    Author: ERLING LORENTZEN SOGGE

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