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The History of Pakistan (Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations)


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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 (


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.

About the Author

IFTIKHAR H. MALIK, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, is Professor of History at Bath Spa University, England, and is author of Culture and Customs of Pakistan (Greenwood, 2005). Professor Malik lives in Oxford, where he is associated with Wolfson College.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword




Chapter One The Indus Heartland and Karakoram Country

Chapter Two The Indus Valley Civilisation: Dravidians to Aryans

Chapter Three Islam in South Asia: The Indus and Delhi Sultanates

Chapter Four The Great Mughals and the Golden Era in the Indo-

Islamic Civilisation, 1526-1707

Chapter Five The British Rule and the Independence Movements

Chapter Six Muslims in South Asia and the Making of Pakistan

Chapter Seven Pakistan: Establishing the State, 1947-58

Chapter Eight Military Take-over and the Separation of East Pakistan, 1958-1971

Chapter Nine Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, PPP and the Military Regime of General Zia-ul-Haq, 1972-88

Chapter Ten Democratic Decade: 1988-1999. Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif

Chapter Eleven General Pervez Musharraf and Pakistan in the Twenty-first Century

Biographical Notes



Product Details

Malik, Iftikhar H.
Greenwood Press
Malik, Iftikhar
Asia - India & South Asia
Ethnic Studies - General
Asia - Pakistan
India History.
Pakistan History.
World History - India
Edition Description:
Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations
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Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9.50x6.20x.94 in. 1.17 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » India » Ancient and General
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » India
History and Social Science » World History » Southeast Asia

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