Pakistan is unlike most other countries in the emerging world. It is one of the two nations – the other being the state of Israel – founded on the basis of religion. Although it was created to provide a homeland for the Muslim community of British India, in its original form it was able to accommodate only about half of the people of Islamic faith who lived in the subcontinent. Pakistan’s birth in 1947 resulted in one of the largest movements of people in human history when some 14 million people left their homes, with 8 million Muslims leaving India for what is now Pakistan and 6 million Hindus and Sikhs moving in the opposite direction. This was the first large-scale incidence of ethnic cleansing the world was to witness.
This fourth edition of Historical Dictionary of Pakistan covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Pakistan.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||Historical Dictionaries of Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East Series|
|Edition description:||Fourth Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.30(d)|
About the Author
Shahid Javed Burki joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1960, his assignments in Pakistan included chief economist of West Pakistan, and economic advisor, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan. He worked as a senior research fellow at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs and the Harvard Institute for International Development. He also worked at the World Bank where he was director of the China Department and vice president of Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1996-1997 he was finance minister in Pakistan. He took early retirement from the Bank in early 1999 and joined the Emerging Markets partnership, a private equity firm, where he worked as an advisor until 2005. He is now the chairman of the Institute of Public Policy, a Lahore-based think tank, as well as a Senior Visiting Fellow at the National University Singapore’s Institute of South Asian Studies. He concurrently holds a senior fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center of International Scholars in Washington.
Table of Contents
Editor’s Foreword (Jon Woronoff)
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Appendix: Important Personalities
About the author