Since the publication of her first book, The Sole Spokesman, in , Ayesha Jalal has been Pakistan’s leading historian. Educated at. The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, Muslim League And Demand For Pakistan ( Cambridge South Asian Studies) Cambridge Studies By Ayesha Jalal Online. Thomas R. Metcalf; ayesha jalal. The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League, and the Demand for Pakistan. (Cambridge South Asian.

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Debunks myths about Jinnah that are taught in schools and clears his stance of a secular modern Islamic state for Pakistan. There is a real alliance between the Western paradigm and these people. This dynasty would never have come ayesya if Punjab and Bengal were not divided. Murtaza Pracha rated it it was amazing Feb 25, It is a well-written text that presents a credible theory about the formation of Pakistan.

The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League, and the Demand for Pakistan by Ayesha Jalal

Mine was among the first takes on those documents. One had to fight with this limitation.

That was in response to the narrative at the time in Pakistan, under General Ziaul Haq, which said religion was Pakistan’s sole raison d’etre. No jaal analyzing the past but lets work to see how we can live like decent neighbours where one does not interfere in others affairs and develop friendship and build our common cultures. I guess, you know who wrote “Saare Jaha Se Acha”.

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Ayesha Jalal – Wikipedia

To yoke together two such nations under a single state, one as a numerical minority and the other as a majority, must lead to growing discontent and final destruction of any fabric that may be so built for the government of such a state. When I started teaching at the Fletcher School inall the books on Islam in the library there denoted a real thirst to know, a genuine curiosity.


The Bengal divergences of the League help to make sense of larger ideological trends. The sense of exclusion was created by the dominant idioms that the Congress employed despite its rhetoric of inclusionary nationalism. Uday Kulkarni Apr 13, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. They have different epics, different heroes, and different episodes. He had left India, in large part, when his stories were overlooked [by filmmakers] in favour of Kamal Amrohi’s story and even his best friend Ismat Chughtai’s stories.

Igoo Apr 15, He was a British man living in India and he had democratic ideals and his best friends including his personal physicians were not Muslims but Parsi and Hindu and the Brits.

Even the type of Islam we keep fighting for is a colonial concept.

There was no contradiction in it. Inshe joined Tufts University as a tenured professor. It was a political movement. Yet given the political geography of the subcontinent it was clear that there would always be as many Muslims outside a specifically Muslim state as inside it.

All nations are founded on exclusion.

Ayesha Jalal

It is a great study of introspect and would be most useful for research work. This is too long. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. I shall be happy writing about culture and wonderful intellectual stuff, such as mushairas, but will it give me a perspective on where Pakistan is today? There must have been biases and ayeesha that you had to fight against. You could not be signed in. In foreign country all the relevant material is available,which is banned in Pakistan.


Dec 06, Sanjay Casula added it. Each nation was to have its own military.

Shariq and yet you maintained enough interest to post a comment User Review – Flag as inappropriate It just describe the same story near to textbooks. Lists with This Book. A good account of events, though her central thesis is probably exaggerated. She moved to Washington, D. Cambridge South Asian Studies, number Monumental work of history. This is the problem.

Like them, the West also insists that jihad is militaristic.

The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League, and the Demand for Pakistan

Another perspective on the British India’s partition and a brilliant explanation of what might be happening inside Mr Jinnah’s mind. She is also exhibits a wry sarcasm at times. Saba rated it liked it Jul 05, Paperbacksolee.

He fought tooth and nail that the spokesmna “India” should not be allotted to the Congress. Kuldeep Joshi Apr 13, How do you then explain democracy in India and its lack in Pakistan? Educated at Wellesley College in the United States.