1st Edition

Radicalization in Pakistan A Critical Perspective

Edited By Muhammad Shoaib Pervez Copyright 2021
    170 Pages
    by Routledge

    170 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book offers a critical analysis of radicalization in Pakistan by deconstructing the global and the official state narratives designed to restrain Pakistani radicalization.

    Chapters are centered around three distinct themes: educational norms, religious practices and geo-political aspects of radicalization to examine the prevalent state and global practices which propagate Pakistani radicalization discourse. The book argues that there is both a global agenda, which presents Pakistan as the epicenter and sponsor of terrorism, and a domestic, or official, agenda that portrays Pakistan as the state which sacrificed and suffered the most in the recent War on Terror, which allow the country to gain sympathy as a victim. Delineating both conflicting agendas through a critical analysis of global and state practices in order to understand the myths and narratives of radicalization in Pakistan constructed by powerful elites, the book enables readers to gain a better understanding of this phenomenon.

    A multidisciplinary critical approach to comprehending radicalization in Pakistan with innovative prescriptions for counter-radicalization policy, this book will be of interest to researchers working in the fields of International Relations, Security Studies, Asian Politics, as well as Religious Studies and Education, in particular in the context of South Asia.

    1. Introduction

    Muhammad Shoaib Pervez

    Part I Educational Aspect

    2. Education and Radicalization in Pakistan: A Post-Colonial Perspective

    Fatima Waqi Sajjad

    3. Teaching Toward a Culture of Peace: Analysis of Islamiyat and Ethics Textbooks

    Ashar Johnson Khokhar

    4. Infusing Cultural Diversity into Pakistan Studies Textbooks: An Analysis of Textbooks and Teachers’ Perspectives

    Yaar Muhammad and Peter Brett

    Part II Religious Aspect

    5. Pacifying Sunni-Shī’ite Relations in Pakistan: Patterns of (De)Humanization and Prospects of Trust-Building

    Sohaib Ali and Fatima Waqi Sajjad

    Part III Geopolitical Aspect

    6. The radicalized regional order of India-Pakistan and prospects of a Security Community

    Muhammad Shoaib Pervez

    7. Deconstructing the Myth of Pashtuns being Extremist and Warrior Nation: Causes of radicalization in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    Arshad Ali and Fazal Subhan

    8. Conclusion

    Muhammad Shoaib Pervez


    Muhammad Shoaib Pervez is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Management and Technology, Pakistan. His book Security Community in South Asia, also published by Routledge (2012), was awarded the National Outstanding Research Award for the best book in Social Science 2012 by the Higher Education Commission, Government of Pakistan. He was also the Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at SIPA, Columbia University, USA from 2014 to 2015.

    "In a nutshell, this book forms a great read for anyone interested in the place of knowledge production systems in radicalisation, extremism, and counterterrorism studies. […] it clarifies how the nuances in the education curriculum exacerbate the problem of systemic radicalisation in society." Critical Studies on Terrorism. April 2021.


    "Dr. Pervez’s book is an intriguing and challenging read for any Pakistani or a student of Pakistan politics who has a desire to academically approach the question of radicalization. Structurally, the book has been divided into three broad categories: educational norms, religious practices, and geopolitical aspects of radicalization. The underlying idea is to explore different dimensions of radicalization and dissect the existing policy discourse with an aim to offer an alternative perspective. […] Overall, this book is an interesting read for anybody interested to understand radicalization, its various dimensions and alternative policy measures to counter it." Farah Adeed, University of Management & Technology, Pakistan, Global Village Space, May 2021