Tinderbox : The Past and Future of Pakistan

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  • Edition: Original
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-06-26
  • Publisher: Harpercollins

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"Among many recent books on Pakistan, Mr. Akbar's stands out....A fine and detailed history of Indian Muslim anger and insecurity." -The Economist In Tinderbox, India's leading journalist delivers a fascinating narrative history of Pakistan, chronicling the conflict between Muslim and Hindu cultures in South Asia and describing the role that their relationship has played in defining both the country and the region. Editorial director of India Today and editor of the Sunday Guardian, M. J. Akbar gives readers an unprecedented look at Pakistan past and present. Panoramic in scope but specific in detail, with rich portraits of the central figures and events that have defined the nation's history, Ackbar's Tinderbox tells the Pakistanian story from the Middle Ages to the present, puts the Taliban and its place within modern Islam into a meaningful context, and diagnoses where the country is headed in the 21st century.

Author Biography

M. J. Akbar is the editorial director of India Today and editor of the Sunday Guardian. His many books include India: The Siege Within, Nehru: The Making of India, Riot After Riot, Kashmir: Behind the Vale, and The Shade of Swords: Jihad and the Conflict Between Islam and Christianity. He lives in Delhi.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
The Age of Defeatp. 1
A Scimitar at Somanathp. 16
A Theory of Distancep. 46
An English Finessep. 75
Grey Wolfp. 100
Gandhi's Maulanasp. 120
The Non-violent Jihadp. 141
The Muslim Drift from Gandhip. 166
Breaking Pointp. 190
Faith in Faithp. 217
The Godfather of Pakistanp. 233
God's Generalp. 257
The Long Jihadp. 271
Pakistan: The Siege Withinp. 288
Dark Side of the Moonp. 314
Notesp. 347
Indexp. 357
Books Citedp. 370
Acknowledgementsp. 375
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