A Concise History of Pakistan

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  • Edition: Concise
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-05-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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This is a comprehensive one-volume history of Pakistan, a country that lies at the centre of the world's strategic concerns. Being published as Pakistan completes its sixtieth year as a nation state the book covers contemporary crises in the perspective of the subcontinent's ancient and medieval history to explain how Muslim nationalism emerged and how the community interacted with the other communities in the region. Covering the centuries from Mehergarh to Musharraf, the author breaches the confines of political history to depict the intellectual, economic, diplomatic, and cultural history of Pakistan. Topics that have become the subject of controversy such as the 1971 Poland Resolution and the 1972 Simla Agreement are highlighted in boxes. The book is thematically addressed, but it provides underpinning by interspersing personality profiles of the individuals who shaped the course of events over the centuries. This gallery includes Amir Khusro as the embodiment of a distinctive Indo-Muslim culture; Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru, whose lofty ideals nevertheless resulted in Partition; M.A. Jinnah, who is credited with almost single-handedly creating the state of Pakistan; and the volatile but tragic figure of Z.A. Bhutto. In covering economic history, the author has also treated unorthodox subjects such as the rise and fall of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International and the Kalabagh Dam controversy. In diplomatic history the author presents little known material on the 1971 War and in intellectual history he examines the circumstances that caused piety to develop into terror. Replete with striking interpretations based on neglected but authentic sources, this book breaks fresh ground.

Author Biography

Muhammad Reza Kazimi has an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Karachi. He has taught Pakistan Studies for more than thirty years in different colleges, at the University of Karachi, the Aga Khan University and at M.A. Jinnah University in Karachi. He is the author of Liaquat Ali Khan: His Life and Work (OUP 2003) and has edited the Jinnah-Liaquat Correspondence (PSC 2003) and M.A. Jinnah: Views and Reviews (OUP 2005). He regularly contributes to the Dawn, Karachi.

Table of Contents

Part I: Ancient History
1. Muslim Society in South Asia
2. A Comparison of Muslim and Hindu Society
3. The Role of the Ulema and the Sufis
4. Fall of the Muslims and the Establishment of British Rule
Part II: History of Muslim Revival Movements
5. Shah Waliullah (1703-1762)
6. The Jihad Movement
7. Titu Mir (1782-1832)
8. The Faraidi Movement
9. The Events of 1857
10. The Educational Movements
Part III: History of the Political Struggle
11. The Political Aspects of the Aligarh Movement
12. The Formation of All-India Muslim League, 1906
13. The Lucknow Pact, 1916
14. The Khilafat Movement, 1918-1924
15. From Delhi Muslim Proposals to Quaid-i-Azam's Fourteen Points, 1927-1929
16. Allama Iqbal's Allahabad Address, 1930: Iqbal and the Ideology of Pakistan
17. The Round Table Conference, 1930-1932
18. The Government of India Act 1935
19. The 1937 Elections and Congress Rule
Part IV: History of the Pakistan Movement
20. The Lahore Resolution 1940 to the 1945 Elections
21. The Cabinet Mission Plan, 1946
22. The Partition Plan, 3 June 1947
23. The Radcliffe Award
Part V: Political History of the State
Introduction: Ideology of Pakistan
24. The Establishment of Pakistan: Early Problems
25. Experiment in Democracy, 1951-1958
26. The First Military Regime, 1958-1969
27. The Second Military Regime, 1969-1971
28. The First PPP Government, 1971-1977
29. The Third Military Regime, 1977-1988
30. The Democratic Interregnum, 1988-1999
31. The Fourth Military Regime, 1999
Part VI: Constitutional History
32. Constitutional Developments: 1947, 1956, 1962 and 1973
33. The Islamic Provisions of Successive Constitutions
Part VII: History of the Institutions
34. The Bureaucracy
35. The Armed Forces
Part VIII: Diplomatic History
36. Introduction: Aims and Objectives
37. Pakistan and the World Powers
38. Pakistan's Relations with SAARC States
39. Pakistan, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Muslim World
Part IX: Economy History
40. Economic Development
41. Economic Planning
Part X: Cultural History
42. Culture and Society
43. Language and Literature
44. Human Resource Development and Education
45. Human Rights in Pakistan

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