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The Making of Terrorism in Pakistan

Historical and Social Roots of Extremism, 1st Edition

By Eamon Murphy


224 pages

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This book explains the origins and nature of terrorism in Pakistan and examines the social, political and economic factors that have contributed to the rise of political violence there.

Since 9/11, the state of Pakistan has come to be regarded as the epicentre of terrorist activity committed in the name of Islam. The central argument of this volume suggests that terrorism in Pakistan has, in essence, been manufactured to suit the interests of mundane political and class interests and effectively debunks the myth of 'Islamic terrorism'. A logical consequence of this argument is that the most effective way of combating terrorism in Pakistan lies in addressing the underlying political, social and economic problems facing the country.

After exploring the root causes of terrorism in Pakistan, the author goes on to relate the historical narrative of the development of the Pakistani state to the theories and questions raised by Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS) scholars. The book will therefore make an important contribution to CTS scholarship as well as presenting an analysis of the many complex factors that have shaped the rise of Pakistani terrorism.

This book will be of great interest to students of Critical Terrorism Studies, Asian history and politics, Security Studies and IR in general.

Table of Contents

Preface Foreword Introduction: Overview and Theory 1. Islam in Pakistan: An Overview 2. The Colonial Legacy and the Making of Pakistan: Class, Regionalism and Factional Politics 3. Birth Pains: The Decline of Democracy, Sectarian Violence and the Intractable Problem of Kashmir, 1947 -195 4. Jinnah’s Dream Fades: Dictatorship, State Terrorism and the Corrosion of Secularism, 1958 – 1977 5. The Turning Point: Zia-ul Haq and the Islamisation of Pakistan, 1977 – 1988 6. The Afghanistan Jihad and the Making of Terrorism, 1979-1989 7. Reaping the Whirlwind: Politics, Terrorism in Kashmir and Sectarian Violence, 1988 – 2000 8. The Fallout from the US Invasion of Afghanistan: Politics, Terrorism and Sectarian Violence in Pakistan since 9/11 Conclusion: Critical Terrorism Studies, Islam and the Making of Terrorism in Pakistan

About the Author

Eamon Murphy is Adjunct Professor of History and International Relations at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. He is co-editor of Contemporary State Terrorism: Theory and Cases (Routledge, 2010).

About the Series

Routledge Critical Terrorism Studies

This book series will publish rigorous and innovative studies on all aspects of terrorism, counter-terrorism and state terror. It seeks to advance a new generation of thinking on traditional subjects, investigate topics frequently overlooked in orthodox accounts of terrorism and to apply knowledge from disciplines beyond International Relations and Security Studies. Books in this series will typically adopt approaches informed by critical-normative theory, post-positivist methodologies and non-Western perspectives, as well as rigorous and reflective orthodox terrorism studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism