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Fatal Faultlines: Pakistan, Islam and the West Paperback – November 15, 2011
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He writes beautifully about his thoughts and perceptions regarding present attitudes and tensions of Muslims and non-Muslims, including discussions of 9/11, Iran, the invasion of Iraq, Jihadist propagandist use of the internet, Muslim hatred, denial, delusions, Islamophobia, hopes, dreams, and understandings. He explains Muslim perceptions of the "Ummah" and why some Muslims believe they have a "License to Kill". He discusses why many Muslim idealists believe in jihab as a utopian dream for the triumph of Islam and the rebirth of the Caliphate, which will lead to a better world, just as Americans believe that democracy and globalization are forces for good. He discusses how Americans and Europeans view many similar conflicts and events, from their own perceptions.
Irfan provides his perception as to what he terms "The Pakistani Paradox", where the original dream for a modern secular nation has been subverted,and explains why Pakistan and the U.S. have some, different perceptions and priorities in the Afghan conflict today. He paints a vivid picture of what Pakistan is like today!Read more ›
affects half of humanity. Irfan Husain's book attempts to explain how
this conflict arose and why it does not end. It does not end because
the main actors, unable to distill facts from their perceptions of
events, remain locked in their 'narratives'. The author explains,
with extraordinary clarity, what these narratives are and how they
were nourished. He is able to see where others fail because he has
the rare facility of being able to empathize with both protagonists.
At the same time, he has his sympathies, and his book is addressed
mainly to the democratic polity.
In abstract terms, one may describe the conflict as one between a
world-view that harks back to a mythical past, and one that wants to
put the past behind (there is a lot to put behind) and to look to the
future. Pakistan, having metamorphosed into a single-agenda state
which aims to cut India down to size, finds inself in the middle of
the action. The author's own conclusions, arrived at in two hundred
and fifty tightly-argued pages, are rather more nuanced, and his key
analytical tool is the concept of the Islamic ummah as developed by a
group of influential fundamentalist thinkers.
At the risk of oversimplification, the contents of the book may be
grouped into the following themes, which are not mutually exclusive:
(i) historical analysis; (ii) current irritants; (iii) 9/11 and its
aftermath; (iv) the technology of 'jihad'; (v) the role of Pakistan;
(vi) prognosis. I shall conclude by making a few remarks about the
last; for the rest, there is no substitute for reading the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best book I ever read on the Islamic jihadists and the Pakistani military radicalism. Husain is tragically wrong about the imminent demise of the Jihadist. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kayes Ahmed
Iran Husain has been writing about Pakistan for decades - his weekly column at Dawn has been a must read for however many decades he has been writing it! Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by KO
Fatal Faultlines is an utterly marvellous book,by a distinguished journalist and commentator on Pakistan affairs. Read morePublished on February 22, 2012 by kim cobbold