In Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan, acclaimed author
and journalist M. J. Akbar traces the search for a "Muslim space"
that began in the eighteenth century, and the events, people,
circumstances, and mind-set that culminated in a fractured India in
1947. But why is Pakistan in danger of becoming a "jelly state," a
country that constantly quivers on the edge of instability? Akbar
investigates contradictions in the nation's modern leadership, from
Jinnah's secular ideals to the theocrats' clear stance on creating
a "sanctuary of Islam." He also offers an intimate appraisal of the
young nation's future--including the global implications of nuclear
armament and the harboring of terrorists like Osama bin Laden.
Tinderbox, a riveting and expansive biography of a nation, fills
a crucial void in our understanding--even as the region's conflicts
grow to affect the entire world.
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