Resistance and Control in Pakistan

Resistance and Control in Pakistan

by Akbar S. Ahmed


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The former High Commissioner of Pakistan to Britain, Ahmed (Islamic studies and international relations, American U., Washington, D.C.) explains what is happening in the Muslim world and why by focusing on the social structure and operative principles in contemporary Muslim society as exemplified by the Wazir and Mahsud tribes in Pakistan's South Waziristan Agency. The first edition was published as Religion and Politics in Muslim Society by Cambridge University Press in 1983. A new preface has been added. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415057974
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 04/01/1991
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

About the Author

Akbar S. Ahmed is the former High Commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain. He is now Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies and Professor of International Relations at the American University in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

List of maps and figuresix
Preface to the revised editionxxi
Preface to the first editionxxvii
List of abbreviationsxxx
Part IIntroduction
1Models and method3
2Waziristan: land, lineage, and culture11
Waziristan lineage structure and leadership17
The Pukhtun ideal-type and cultural variations24
3History as an expression of agnatic rivalry29
The colonial encounter in Waziristan29
Political administration35
Part IIObservation
4Strategy and conflict in Waziristan49
The emergence of the Mullah49
The Wazirs rampant61
The Wazirs vanquished69
5Order, ideology, and morality in Waziristan78
Order and administration in Waziristan78
The Mullah of Waziristan84
Mullahs in Muslim society90
The nature of the Islamic jihad94
6Economic development and reinforcement of ideology in Waziristan97
Part IIIParticipation
7The anthropologist as political agent105
Reconciliation and reconstruction105
Waziristan cases114
8The political agent as anthropologist130
9Islam and segmentary societies: the problem of definition137
Defining Islamic tribal society137
Islamic segmentary societies142
The Islamic district paradigm145
ATor (honor of women) cases153
BAgreement between British and Wana Wazirs156
CStatement given by Mahsuds to British158
DThe domicile certificate160
EList of political agents, South Waziristan Agency161
FList of commandants, South Waziristan Scouts163

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