The History of Pakistan

The History of Pakistan

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Explores the history of the unique Indo-Muslim nation of Pakistan, from the ancient Indus Valley Civilization to coming of Islam to the ongoing and volatile feud with India over the region of Kashmir.
The History of Pakistan explores the rich and intricate past of a highly diverse nation still in the process of determining its own identity. Rooted in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, shaped by the cultures of both the Middle and Far East, and now predominantly devoted to Islam, Pakistan has emerged as a unique Indo-Muslim community, viewed with caution and curiosity by the rest of the world. In this latest volume of Greenwood's History of Modern Nations series, readers discover the foundations of modern Pakistan, from its earliest empires and shared history with India to the coming of Islam and its successful fight for independence in 1947. This highly informative guide also examines the key issues and attitudes guiding Pakistan today: their volatile feud with India over the region of Kashmir and the right to nuclear development, internal debates over the role of Islam in Pakistani society, and the unbreakable dominance of the military in political affairs. Poised between a radically changing India and the politically unstable Middle East, Pakistan is an important nation to understand as it determines its course in rapidly a changing world.

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This is an analytical history of Pakistan that is intended to be accessible to the student and the lay reader alike. Malik (history, Bath Spa U., UK) spends the first half of the volume providing an overview of the area and discussing the pre-Pakistan history of the region, encompassing Dravidian and Aryan civilizations, the arrival of Islam in South Asia and the Indus and Delhi Sultanates, the Mughal Empire, British rule and the independence movements, and the role of religion in forming the contours of the nascent state of Pakistan. The second half of the text describes the political history of Pakistan from independence through the February, 2008 elections that were to pave the way for the departure of General Pervez Musharraf as President. Also included are a guide to acronyms, a timeline of historical events, a glossary, basic biographical information on notable people, and a bibliography. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A history of the Indo-Muslim nation proves an overview of the area, a discussion of the pre-Pakistan history of the region, the coming of Islam, and the political history of the nation from independence throught the 2008 elections.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2008/07/30
ISBN: 9780313341373
Branch Call Number: 954.91 MAL
Characteristics: xvii, 237 p. : maps ; 25 cm


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