Pakistan: Neither State nor Nation

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2010

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Cambridge University Press

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Pakistan, one of two states that emerged from the breakup of the British Indian Empire, had been created as the putative homeland for the Muslims of South Asia. From its very genesis, the precise social and political dimensions of the state have been contested.l If it is the "home-land" of the Muslims of South Asia then what status should it accord to its religious minorities, as well as to sub-state nations? How should it accommodate the demands of linguistic, sectarian, and regional minorities? Beyond the shared Islamic faith, what other attributes could serve as the constituent elements of nation building? And even if Islam constituted the unifying basis of the state, what role would it play in the everyday life and practices of its citizenry?

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“Pakistan: Neither State nor Nation,” in Jacques Bertrand and Andre Laliberte, eds., Multination States in Asia: Accommodation or Resistance, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

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