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A History of Pakistan and Its Origins (Anthem South Asian Studies) Paperback – September 28, 2004
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A comprehensive study of the historical, social, economic, political and religious aspects of this fascinating nation.
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The main things I came away with are that Pakistan is a very complicated and crisis-ridden country; that Pakis identify themselves as members of one of the four or five linguistic/ethnic groups within the land before they consider themselves Pakistanis; that the country is riddled with corrupt and often murderous politicians; That Pashtunistan, flowing from Pakistan into Afghanstan, could well be an independent nation itself. That Moslem religion (though torn by strife between Shia and Sunni) is the only thing that makes the nation make sense, and that conversational "Urdu" is essentially identical to conversational "Hindi".
So if you'd like to learn more about a country struggling to learn English and to be democratic and secular, this is probably the book for you.