Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military

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Carnegie Endowment, Mar 10, 2010 - Business & Economics - 397 pages
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Among U.S. allies in the war against terrorism, Pakistan cannot be easily characterized as either friend or foe. Nuclear-armed Pakistan is an important center of radical Islamic ideas and groups. Since 9/11, the selective cooperation of president General Pervez Musharraf in sharing intelligence with the United States and apprehending al Qaeda members has led to the assumption that Pakistan might be ready to give up its longstanding ties with radical Islam. But Pakistan's status as an Islamic ideological state is closely linked with the Pakistani elite's worldview and the praetorian ambitions of its military. This book analyzes the origins of the relationships between Islamist groups and Pakistan's military, and explores the nation's quest for identity and security. Tracing how the military has sought U.S. support by making itself useful for concerns of the moment—while continuing to strengthen the mosque-military alliance within Pakistan—Haqqani offers an alternative view of political developments since the country's independence in 1947.

 

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User Review  - Bretzky1 - LibraryThing

What is Pakistan? Is it an Islamic state, or is it a state for Muslims? The answer to that question is not unimportant. Husain Haqqani's Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military provides an historical ... Read full review

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It was difficult to decide whether to call this history or current events. It is a history of Pakistan from the partitioning of India in 1947. It is primarily a political history written in the ... Read full review

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Husain Haqqani is a visiting scholar in the South Asia Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and an associate professor of International Relations at Boston University. He is former adviser to Pakistani prime ministers, and has served as Pakistan's ambassador to Sri Lanka.