Pakistan

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Beyond The FieldsBeyond The Fields by Aysha Baqir

Born to a poor, landless farmer in the month of the monsoon rains, twins Zara and Tara grow up amongst the fields of wheat and cotton in a remote village in Pakistan. During an afternoon spree of games, Tara is kidnapped from the fields and raped. All seems to be resolved after her parents accept an unexpected marriage proposal for their "dishonoured" daughter. But the nightmare resurfaces when a newspaper clipping emerges, calling the union into question. Set in the early 1980s against the backdrop of martial law and social turmoil, Beyond the Fields is a riveting, timely look at profound inequality, traditions that disempower women in our world, and survival as a dance to the beat of a different future.

Frontier Of Fear: Confronting The Taliban On Pakistan's BorderFrontier Of Fear: Confronting The Taliban On Pakistan's Border by Gosling, David L.

The troubled borderland of Pakistan and Afghanistan the so-called AfPak region is one of the most dangerous areas of the world. Between 2006 and 2010 David L. Gosling lived in Peshawar, where he was principal of Edwardes College, a prestigious higher education college. In this book, Gosling describes his time at Edwardes College and the challenges and changes of his tenure. Already the first co-educational college in the province, Gosling significantly increased the proportion of female students and staff. The book also describes the early stages of Taliban growth in Afghanistan, its spill-over into the tribal borderlands of Pakistan and how a combination of Pakistan army activity and US drone strikes provoked a furious backlash by Taliban groups against civilian targets in and around Peshawar.

Paradise: A Photographic Monagraph By Edwin Koo About Man's Unending Search For ParadiseParadise: A Photographic Monagraph By Edwin Koo About Man's Unending Search For Paradise by Koo, Edwin

Paradise is a photographic monograph about an author's search for paradise in one of the most controversial places in recent history: the Swat valley of Pakistan. Paradise is at once an introspective journey, as well as a biographical sketch of Swat valley. Through the documentation of daily life and extraordinary happenings in Swat, the author discovers the fragility of Man's interpretation of paradise, as well as the resilience of the human spirit in the face of hell-on-earth. With a sequence of 75 carefully-selected black-and-white images and five chapters of personal notes from his journey, the 164-page volume is the author's attempt to answer the eternal question: "What is paradise?". Accompanied by a free copy of "Visage: A Book Comprising Vignettes of the Process and People behind the Legendary Martell Cognac".

Our Lady Of Alice BhattiOur Lady Of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif

The patients of the Sacred Heart Hospital for All Ailments in Karachi are looking for a miracle. Junior nurse, ex-prisoner and part-time healer Alice Bhatti is looking for a job. With guidance from the working nurse's manual, and some tricks she picked up in prison, Alice starts work at the crowded hospital bringing help to the thousands of patients littering the corridors.

Pakistan: A Hard CountryPakistan: A Hard Country by Lieven, Anatol

In the wake of Pakistan's development of nuclear weapons, unpoliceable border areas, shelter of the Afghan Taliban and Bin Laden, and the spread of terrorist attacks by groups based in Pakistan to London, Bombay and New York, there is a clear need to look further than the simple image of a failed state so often portrayed in the media, and to see instead a country of immense complexity and importance. Lieven's profound and sophisticated analysis paves the way for clearer understanding of this remarkable and highly contradictory country.

Unraveling: Pakistan In The Age Of JihadUnraveling: Pakistan In The Age Of Jihad by Schmidt, John R.

The forms of Islam found in today's Pakistan are of course not the same as those of the country's leaders at its foundation in 1947. A senior US specialist explores the complexities of the ongoing interactions of Pakistan's leaders and power centres with jihadist groups and influences both inside and outside the country. Among the jihadi linkages with developments in Pakistan explored are: the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan; Jihad-India conflicts in Kashmir; bin Laden and the road to 1911; the Tribal Areas, 9/11 and the Pakistani Taliban; domestication, the Red Mosque in Islamabad and army failures; and the Mumbai terror of 2008. Future scenarios and pressures are discussed in the last two chapters. With sketch map, bibliography and index.

Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art From PakistanHanging Fire: Contemporary Art From Pakistan by Salima Hashmi Et Al

Accompanying the first US museum exhibition devoted to contemporary art from Pakistan, this dynamic catalogue provides a groundbreaking look at recent and current trends in Pakistani art. Hanging Fire covers a fascinating range of subjects and media, from installation and video art to sculpture, drawing, and paintings in the "contemporary miniature" tradition. Essays by distinguished contributors from a variety of fields, including Salima Hashmi, Pakistani-American sociologist and historian Ayesha Jalal, and the celebrated novelist Mohsin Hamid, place contemporary Pakistani art in a cultural, historical, and artistic perspective. The book's title, Hanging Fire, alludes to the contemporary economic, political, and social tensions - both local and global - from which these artists find their creative inspiration. It may also suggest to the viewer to delay judgment, particularly based on assumptions or preconceived notions about contemporary society and artistic expression in Pakistan today.

Reluctant Fundamentalist, TheReluctant Fundamentalist, The by Mohsin Hamid

At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting . . . Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by the elite "valuation" firm of Underwood Samson. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his infatuation with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore. But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his budding relationship with Erica eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past. And Changez's own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.

Pakistan: Deep Inside The World's Most Frightening StatePakistan: Deep Inside The World's Most Frightening State by Weaver, Mary Anne

No nation is more critical to US foreign policy than nuclear-armed Pakistan. Wedged between India and Afghanistan, it is the second largest country in the Islamic world. But with militant Islamists now expanding their control over some of the country's most strategically sensitive areas, there is a growing fear that Washington's most stolid ally in South Asia - at least ostensibly - is unravelling, and perhaps is even on the verge of collapse. With a dozen or so private Islamist armies, a hundred or so nuclear weapons, and a dysfunctional government, Pakistan is considered one of the most dangerous places on earth. Its disintegration would pose an unthinkable threat to the United States and the West, including the prospect of its nuclear arsenal being captured by religious extremists. In Pakistan, Mary Anne Weaver presents her personal journey through a country in turmoil, reconstructing, largely in the voices of the key participants themselves -General Pervez Musharraf, General Muhammed Zia, and the assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto - the legacies now haunting Pakistan in the aftermath of the US-sponsored jihad in the 1980s in Afghanistan.

Pakistan: Eye Of The Storm (3Rd Edition)Pakistan: Eye Of The Storm (3Rd Edition) by Jones, Owen Bennett

First published in 2002, Bennett Jones's account of Pakistan's history provides wide-ranging insights into this critical modern state. This thoroughly revised and updated edition includes fresh material on the Taliban insurgency, the Musharraf years, the return and subsequent assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the unlikely election as president of Asif Ali Zardari. With notes, bibliography and index.

Wish Maker, The: A NovelWish Maker, The: A Novel by Sethi, Ali

A brilliant, enthralling debut novel about a fatherless boy growing up in a family of outspoken women in contemporary Pakistan. Zaki Shirazi and his female cousin Samar Api were raised to consider themselves "part of the same litter". Together, they watched American television and memorized dialogue from Bollywood movies, attended dangerous protests and formed secret friendships. In a household run by Zaki's crusading political journalist mother and iron-willed grandmother, it was impossible to imagine a future that could hold anything different for each of them. But adolescence approaches and the cousins' fates diverge. Samar's unconventional behaviour brings severe consequences for her, while Zaki is sent out to discover the world for himself. It is only after years of separation from Samar that he is forced to confront the true nature of happiness, selfhood, and commitment to those he loves. Chronicling world-changing events that have never been so intimately observed in fiction, and brimming with unmistakable warmth and humour, The Wish Maker is the powerful account of a family and an era, a story that shows how, even in the most rapidly shifting circumstances, there are bonds that survive the tugs of convention, time, and history.

Madrassah Challenge, The: Militancy And Religious Education In PakistanMadrassah Challenge, The: Militancy And Religious Education In Pakistan by Fair, Christine C.

The Madrassah Challenge explores the significance of madrassah and its role in Pakistan's education system. Fair explores the number of these schools in Pakistan, the curriculum, socio-economic background of the students and connections between the madrassah schools and militancy. The Pakistan government's efforts to reform the madrassah system is examined, and policy implications and initiatives are suggested to address some of the main concerns emanating from ostensible ties between education and security inside and outside Pakistan. With endnotes and index.

Pakistan In Regional And Global PoliticsPakistan In Regional And Global Politics by Jetly, Rajshree (Ed.)

These 12 essays by international and Pakistani specialists are based on papers given at the 2007 conference at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore. They focus on events and developments in Pakistan between 11 September 2001 and the country's February 2008 return to democratic elections. Both the background and course of the crucial events which took place during this period and potentials for economic development and national and regional stability are addressed in the important and wide-ranging referenced material. Bibliography and index.

Reluctant Fundamentalist, TheReluctant Fundamentalist, The by Mohsin Hamid

Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. He's at the top of his class in Princeton and is snapped up by a top valuation firm. He thrives in New York and even his budding romance with the beautiful Erica seems to be taking shape. But September 11 happens and he is flung to the margins of society, forced to unearth allegiances more fundamental than money, power and maybe even love.

TrespassingTrespassing by Khan, Uzma Aslam

Uzma Aslam Khan writes about her hometown, Karachi, with passion and grace, weaving a picture for the reader of a place warm and sticky, covered in dust, grimy but still infinitely beautiful like a swatch of carefully spun silk covered in dirt but still stunningly vivid underneath. Khan tells a story of a young girl, Dia, brought up by her widowed silk farmer mother. Dia is an entrepreneur and true to her calling, she is creative and weaves tales of epic proportions about silkworms fomenting a revolt, and Empress Hsi-Ling-Shih and her robe of silk. Dia meets Daanish, a journalist who has returned to Pakistan from the United States to attend his father's funeral and together they discover, in the unrest that resides in Pakistan, that freedom has its boundaries.

Broken VersesBroken Verses by Shamsie, Kamila

In 1986, Pakistan's greatest poet was found brutally murdered - beaten to death by government thugs. Two years later, his lover, fearless activist Samina Akram, disappears. Her daughter, Aasmani, has always assumed her mother simply abandoned her - since she had left so many times before to follow the Poet into exile. But now, working at Pakistan's first independent TV station, Aasmani runs into an old friend of her mother's who hands her a letter written recently, in the Poet and Samina's secret code. As more letters arrive, Aasmani becomes certain that they will lead her to Samina. Despite menacing signs, disbelief from her family and worries of her new lover, Aasmani decodes the letters and searches for their source. Merging the personal with the political, Broken Verses is at once a thrilling journey through modern-day Pakistan and an intimate mother-daughter story that asks how to forgive a mother who leaves.

Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy And The WestReconciliation: Islam, Democracy And The West by Bhutto, Benazir

Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007) completed this poignant book a few days before her assassination on 27 December.2007. She recounts many personal experiences as she proposes action to rediscover the reconciling force of the Islamic values of tolerance and justice, which are so often ignored by Islamic 'radicals'. The democratic/dictatorship/Islamic nexus in some 20 countries are separately overviewed. The political development of Pakistan is detailed and discussed. In the final chapters the dangers of the West's backing of dictatorships and practical ways of promoting step-by-step reconciliation are argued with conviction.

Golden Age, AGolden Age, A by Tahmima Anam

In the spring of 1971, Rehana Haque is throwing a party for her two children. What she does not know is that, after today, their lives will change forever. For this is East Pakistan, a country erupting into war. As she struggles to keep her children safe, Rehana will find herself faced with heartbreaking dilemma. Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence, A Golden Age is an unforgettable story of revolution, hope and unexpected heroism, and of the great lengths that can be traversed in the name of love. This is Bangladeshi Tahmima Anam's first novel.

Military Inc: Inside Pakistan's Military EconomyMilitary Inc: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy by Siddiqa, Ayesha

Pakistan is a strategic ally of the US in the "war on terror". It is the third largest receiver of US aid in the world. Yet Pakistan is a state run by its army. Siddiqa shows how the power of the military has transformed Pakistani society, where the armed forces have become an independent class. The military is entrenched in the corporate sector. So Pakistan's companies and its main assets are in the hands of a tiny minority of senior army officials. Siddiqa examines this military economy and the consequences of merging the military and corporate sectors. Does democracy have a future? Will the generals ever withdraw to the barracks? Military Inc. analyses the internal and external dynamics of this gradual power-building and the impact that it is having on Pakistan's political and economic development. With notes, references and index.

Historical Dictionary Of PakistanHistorical Dictionary Of Pakistan by Shahid Javed Burki

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan gained its independence from the United Kingdom on August 14, 1947 and since then it has become the sixth most populous country in the world. It is also one of eight nations that have declared themselves nuclear powers. Pakistan's tense relations with its neighboring country of India, the recent earthquake that killed tens of thousands of its people, and the trouble it has had with the Taliban are all covered in this third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Pakistan. This extensively expanded and updated edition covers this country's history through a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and some 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries presenting the more important persons, places, and events as well as salient aspects of the economy, society, culture, and religion.