ISBN: 978 984 8815 19 9

Reprint: 2014

Cover Type: HB

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Bangladesh and Pakistan: Flirting with Failure in South Asia

By William B. Milam (Author)

Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)   

First Published: 2010 No. of Pages: 275 Weight (kg): 1

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Since 1971, Pakistan has evolved into a praetorian state plagued by army interventions and corrupt civilian governments. Nevertheless, the tunnel-vision of General Musharraf triggered a political implosion in 2007, and widespread dismay over the assassination of Benzir Bhutto has led Pakistanis to vote overwhelmingly for unfettered civilian rule and the diminishment of religious parties. In contrast, the Bangladesh Army seems intent on returning control to civilians, having remained averse to power for the past seventeen years. Furthermore, Bangladeshi society isn't nearly as Islamicized as Pakistana's, though Jihadi groups stand ready to exploit the government's weaknesses. Milliam takes a hard look at the political and religious realities of both countries, especially the al-Qaeda-linked jihadi networks that threaten to permanently turn Pakistan into an ideological state. He also considers Islam's undeniable influence on the culture of both societies, and, in turn, the influence of these cultures on the tone and expression of Islam.

This book features in: Academic and Reference Books Politics and Political Science South Asian Studies Bangladesh Liberation War

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