1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Pakistan

Edited By Aparna Pande Copyright 2018
    554 Pages
    by Routledge

    554 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    With a population of 190 million, Pakistan is strategically located at the crossroads of the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and has the second largest Muslim population in the world. The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Pakistan provides an in-depth and comprehensive coverage of issues from identity and the creation of Pakistan in 1947 to its external relations as well as its domestic social, economic and political issues and challenges.

    The Handbook is divided into the following sections:

    • Economy and development

    • External relations and security

    • Foundations and identity

    • Islam and Islamization

    • Military and jihad

    • Politics and institutions

    • Social issues

    The Handbook explains the reasons why Pakistan is so often at the forefront of our daily news intake, with a focus on religious and political factors. It asks questions regarding the institutions and political parties which govern Pakistan and provides an insight into the relationships which the country has forged since its creation, culminating in a discussion of the state’s involvement in conflict. Covering a range of topics, this Handbook offers a wide range of perspectives on Pakistan.

    Bringing together a group of leading international scholars on Pakistan, the Handbook is a cutting-edge and interdisciplinary resource for those interested in studying Pakistani politics, economics, culture and society and South Asian Studies.

    Introduction, Aparna Pande, Shefali Dhar and Sidhanta Mehra

    Part I: Foundations and Identity

    1. Escaping India: Pakistan's Search for Identity, Aparna Pande

    2. Pashtunistan: Postcolonial Imaginaries Along Borderlands, 1947−57, Amna Qayuum

    3. Religion, Ethnicity and Violence in Pakistan, Muhammad Ismail Khan

    4. Jinnah's Pakistan: Debating the Nature of the State, 1947−49, Yaqoob Bangash

    5. The Encounter with Modernity in the Rural and Tribal Areas of Pakistan in Pakistani English Fiction, Muneeza Shamsie

    6. Cricket − What Unites Us, Ahmer Naqvi

    Part II: Politics and Institutions

    7. Talk the Talk: Why Parties Walk and Matter (Even in Pakistan), K. Haroon Ullah

    8. A Weberian Perspective on the Nature of the State in Pakistan, Ajay Darshan Behera

    9. Profit, Protest, and Power: Bazaar Politics in Urban Pakistan, Umair Javed

    10. Judiciary in Crisis: Judicial Politics in Pakistan, Nida Paracha

    11. Pakistan's Patchwork of High Court Justice, Waris Husain

    Part III: Economy and Development

    12. Pakistan's Elite Capture and the State of Insecurity, Imtiaz Gul

    13. From Chaos to Building a Secure, Sustainable Energy Future, Atta Ali Malik

    14. Pakistan, the United States, and the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs): A Continuing Great Game?, Ehtesham Ahmad and Azizali Mohammad

    15. The Banking and Financial Sector of Pakistan, Feisal Khan

    Part IV: Social Issues

    16. Dissimilar Histories: History Curricula in Government and Elite Pakistani Schools, Madiha Afzal

    17. Pakistan's Philanthropic Education Alternative, Marie Lall

    18. Sanctioning Subordination? The Politics of Gender Laws Promulgation and Reform in Pakistan, Bushra Asif

    Part V: Islam and Islamization

    19. Explaining Support for Sectarian Terrorism in Pakistan: Piety, Maslak and Sharia, Christine Fair

    20. Pakistan's Descent into Religious Intolerance, Farahnaz Ispahani

    21. Competing Visions of Women's Rights in Pakistan: State, Civil Society and Islamist Groups, Anita Weiss

    Part VI: Military and Jihad

    22. Wither Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?, Mohammad Taqi

    23. Rules for the Double Game, Stephen Tankel

    24. Violent Non-State Actors in the Afghanistan−Pakistan Relationship: Historical Context and Future Prospects, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Tara Vassefi

    25. The Other Pakistan: Understanding the Military−Jihadi Complex, Pranay Kotasthane, Guru Aiyar and Nitin Pai

    Part VII: External Relations and Security

    26. India as a Factor in Pakistan's Policy, Savita Pande

    27. The Afghanistan−Pakistan Conundrum: History and a Likely Future Scenario with Focus on the Pashtun Areas, Farhat Taj and Syed Rashid Ali

    28. Iran and Pakistan: A Case of Keeping a Distance, Alex Vatanka

    29. Saudizing Pakistan: How Pakistan is Changing and what this means for South Asia and the World, Pervez Hoodbhoy

    30. Pakistan and the United States: Strategic Partnership, Discordant Goals, Teresita Schaffer and Howard Schaffer

    31. Pakistan and One Belt, One Road Initiative: Prospects for the China−Pakistan Economic Corridor, Andrew J. Small and Ben Lamont



    Aparna Pande is Research Fellow and Director of the Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia at the Hudson Institute, USA.