Saadia Toor The State of Islam

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The State of Islam

 
9780199401147: The State of Islam

The State of Islam tells the story of Pakistan through the lens of the Cold War, and more recently the War on Terror, to shed light on the domestic and international processes behind the global rise of militant Islam.

Unlike existing scholarship on nationalism, Islam and the state in Pakistan, which tends to privilege events in a narrowly-defined ‘political’ realm, Saadia Toor highlights the significance of cultural politics in Pakistan from its origins to the contemporary period. This extra dimension allows Toor to explain how the struggle between Marxists and liberal nationalists was influenced and eventually engulfed by the agenda of the religious right.

Timely and unique, this book is a must for anyone who wants to understand the roots of modern Pakistan and the likely outcome of current power struggles in the country.

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Saadia Toor is Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.

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'Reveals a country that is nothing like the hotbed of Islamic extremism and military dictatorship we read about constantly.This book is a powerful antidote to reactionary stereotypes of Pakistan that dominate academic research and popular media' -- David Ludden, Professor of History, New York University, author of India and South Asia: A Short History 'A deeply informed study of Pakistan's unfinished journey, marked by the historical suppression of its vibrant Left. Read it, argue over it, and be part of the journey to renew Pakistan' -- Vijay Prashad, author of the The Darker Nations, and co-editor of Dispatches from Pakistan

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