The State, Religion, and Ethnic Politics: Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan

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Ali Banuazizi, Myron Weiner
Syracuse University Press, Aug 1, 1988 - History - 404 pages
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"Contributors to the volume are established scholars in their fields and successfully focus on the pertinent issues with a good mix of facts, analysis, and theoretical orientation. The contributions are pertinent and valuable to students of comparative politics generally, as well as to specialists on the selected countries."-Choice

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Introduction Ali Banuazizi and Myron Weiner
State Building and Social Fragmentation
Ethnic Regional and Sectarian Alignments
The Prospects for State Building in Afghanistan
The Changing Role of Islam as a Unifying Force
MinorityState Relations in Contemporary Iran
State Formation and Consolidation
The Transformation of Shiism

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Ali Banuazizi is professor of Social Psychology and Modern Iranian History at Boston College, a past editor of, and the author of a number of articles on Iran and the Middle East. Myron Weiner is Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of India's Preferential Policies and Sons of the Soil: Migration and Ethnic Conflict in India.

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