By revealing Jinnah’s human face alongside his heroic achievement, Akbar Ahmed makes this statesman accessible to the current age. Drawing on history, semiotics and cultural anthropology, the author shows the relevance of Jinnah to contemporary Islam debates as well as to alternative forms of political leadership.Amazon.com Review
August 1997 marked the 50th anniversary of India and Pakistan’s independence from Great Britain. That hard-won independence, however, came with a high price: a bloody partition of the subcontinent into Hindu-majority India and the Muslim state of Pakistan. Almost as soon as Jawaharlal Nehru pronounced India a new nation, the butchery began–a bloodbath in which millions perished and for which there are still no exact figures. What Mohandas K. Gandhi was to India, Mohammed Ali Jinnah was to Pakistan–the architect of its statehood. In Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity, Akbar S. Ahmed shines the spotlight on a man whose character, he feels, has been distorted by the official Pakistani line. Though Jinnah was clearly interested in ensuring a homeland for Muslims, Ahmed’s book makes clear that this London-trained lawyer was no Islamic fundamentalist. The author’s take on Indian-Pakistani history, his account of Jinnah’s involvement, and his ideas about the future of Pakistan and the Islamic world are both thought-provoking and important.
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