1st Edition

Education Policy and the Construction of Neo-Liberal Citizenship in Pakistan Revisiting the Musharraf Era, 1999-2008

By Shafiq Qurban Copyright 2025
    214 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book looks at educational reforms in Pakistan during Parvez Musharraf’s tenure as President (1999 – 2008) and analyses the relationship between education policy and curriculum and Pakistani identity and citizenship.

    It explores changes in the curriculum and how they have shaped Pakistani identity in recent decades. The book underscores the significant role that Musharraf's reforms played in mainstreaming madrassas by abolishing hateful and controversial content and introducing modern subjects to promote the country's development. The book provides an in-depth look into the transformation of education curriculum in Pakistan focussing on the exploration of the intersections between education, politics, and citizenship in Pakistani society.

    This book is an essential read for anyone interested in understanding the impact of education policies on citizenship and political processes in Pakistan. Its insightful analysis and thorough research make it an excellent resource for students, scholars, and teachers working in the fields of citizenship studies, education, gender studies, Pakistan studies, political science, political sociology, public policy and South Asian studies.

    List of Tables. Preface. Acknowledgements. Abbreviations. Introduction 1. National Ideology and Transforming Education in Pakistan 2. Transforming Education in Pakistan under the Prism of Governmentality 3. Role of Education Policies in Transforming Education in Pakistan 4. Education Policy Challenges and Implementation Problems in Pakistan 5. Musharraf's Quest for Education Reforms in Pakistan 6. Musharraf's Pathway to Neo-Liberal Citizenship and Curricula Reform 7. Musharraf’s Drive to Modernise Madrasa Education 8. Musharraf’s Higher Education Reforms and Knowledge Economy 9. Successive Governments and A Pathway to Neo-Liberal Citizenship 10. Conclusion. Index.


    Shafiq Qurban is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. His research interests include public policy, extremism, constitutionalism, education and women’s empowerment.