It just describe the same story near to textbooks. It has added a bit extra information in my knowledge. It shows some headlines and spots. The rise of Muslim league along with strong support of Jinnah. It is easy to understand and read. Read it if you are interested in it.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 27, Farrukh Pitafi rated it it was amazing. If you are a Pakistani, haven't read it and have no plans to read it I may have to unfriend you :. Aug 25, Omar Ali rated it really liked it.
A good account of events, though her central thesis is probably exaggerated. Jinnah was shallow, but probably more of a Two-nation theorist than Ayesha gives him credit for. He was not just using it as a bargaining chip. Under that Pukka sahib exterior, he was a bit of a superficial Iqbalian too.. He may not have read much about religion or history, but like today's PTI voters, he liked the notion of a Muslim nation. Apr 26, Farwa rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. It was not like a boring academic book.
It dwells on the formation of Muslim League,the party that made Pakistan. Jinnah was a genius nd this book proves how but the author of this book didn't shy away to point out the mistakes Jinnah made. Jun 27, Indeneri rated it did not like it Shelves: political. This book is not easy to read. It just drones on and on and on and till you forget where you started from. Couldn't get past the first 30 pages. I'm going to give it another try in a few months and see if I feel any different.
The prose , the rich sprinkling of idioms , the thought, the nacked truth. Some folks may not agree with the arguments made in the book as its, at tim Excellent. Some folks may not agree with the arguments made in the book as its, at times, miles apart to the official versions taught to us again and again.
Aug 10, Ali rated it it was amazing. This should be mandatory reading for all high school Pakistani students, particularly for those raised on the doctored history of Pakistan movement of the Zia-ul-Haq era textbooks.
The book is based on the doctoral dissertation submitted to the Cambridge University while the author was pursuing her PhD degree. The book focuses on the political strategies employed by the Muslim League and their leader, the Sole Spokesman, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in the run-up to the partition. The author challenges the existing historical facts by diligently analyzing intentions of Jinnah and building an argument that Jinnah never intended to seek Pakistan as an independent State for the Musli The book is based on the doctoral dissertation submitted to the Cambridge University while the author was pursuing her PhD degree.
The author challenges the existing historical facts by diligently analyzing intentions of Jinnah and building an argument that Jinnah never intended to seek Pakistan as an independent State for the Muslims of India, but instead he used the idea of Pakistan as a bargaining counter to safeguard the rights of the Muslims in the Muslim Minority Provinces and to get maximum of provincial autonomy for the Muslim majority provinces.
Such was the preparation of the leaders of Muslim League, who had made no preparation for, how to run a new country. One possible explanation for for this lack is that the demand of Pakistan was "devised for bargaining purpose" to gain political leverage for the Muslims". Jinnah and his colleagues in the Muslim League had not contemplated a Pakistan that did not include all of the Punjab and Bengal. If the entire scheme was designed to increase the Muslims bargaining power in post British India, the division of India had to be between Muslim-majority provinces and Hindu-majority provinces.
Jinnah critics already pointed out that any division of India along communal lines would inevitably have to include division of Punjab and Bengal, along similar lines. View 1 comment. Aug 31, Manab rated it it was ok Shelves: nonfic. Sep 04, Khitkhite Buri rated it liked it Shelves: colonialism , pakistan , partition-lit. Dry and empirical, and Jalal's writing is disappointingly naive. It tries to provide a narrative, which by itself is quite bare; without the footnotes, it would have gone nowhere.
It, however, gives me some insight into the mainstream historiography of the partition as well as that of Pakistan, by departing from it. The Bengal divergences of the League help to make sense of larger ideological trends. I really dislike biographical histories, even when it claims to be debunking myths of its pivotal Dry and empirical, and Jalal's writing is disappointingly naive.
I really dislike biographical histories, even when it claims to be debunking myths of its pivotal figures. Feb 20, Tahir Ashraf rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. It is a must-read for every Pakistani confused about the idea of Pakistan, the role of Jinnah, and Muslims in the making of Pakistan and partition of India. Debunks myths about Jinnah that are taught in schools and clears his stance of a secular modern Islamic state for Pakistan. Dec 19, Malik Asad rated it it was amazing.
If you have obtained you knowledge of the Pakistan project through textbooks taught in our education system, this book will completely change the understanding of realities of Pakistan movement and the challanges thrown to Jinnah, the Sole Spokesman but not just Congress and the Raj, but the muslim politicians in India especially Punjab and Bengal , in great detail.
Jan 10, Hasan rated it liked it Shelves: history , partition , world-politics. An academic read, which is extremely dry but provides crucial insight into the demand for Pakistan.
It's a good book if you're really interesting in the topic of India's partition, Jinnah and the Muslim League. Oct 29, Ajmal Khan rated it it was amazing. I think it's the greatest book for Pakistan history. Feb 13, Abdul rated it really liked it. This book outlines the 'Cambridge' thesis about the formation of Pakistan developed originally by Professor Anil Seal and written into a PhD thesis by Dr. Ayesha Jalal. It is a well-written text that presents a credible theory about the formation of Pakistan.
Jul 03, Anish Sharma rated it it was amazing. Another perspective on the British India's partition and a brilliant explanation of what might be happening inside Mr Jinnah's mind.
May 05, Rick Bennett rated it really liked it Recommends it for: everyone who needs to understand the commonalities in Indian and Pakistani history. A fascinating tale about the All-India Muslim League and its political goals. The story reveals how the partition of the Indian subcontinent came to pass because of the divergent political intents of the various elites at the colonial, federal and provincial levels and the personalities involved.
It provides some insights into the politics of the Pakistani borderlands that relate to the area known as "Pashtunistan". Jan 22, Aziz rated it liked it Shelves: best-books-on-british-india.
Bargaining option is exaggerated and based on selected studies to prove the point This book is very good for general survey of Muslim League politics and Jinnah's role in it. But the problem with Jalal his her Book exaggerated the bargaining point of Jinnah. Her book is based on her Phd Thesis and all book she just want to prove that her central argument is true.
May 13, Jesse rated it really liked it Shelves: , biography , history , india-books , nonfiction , politics-current-events. Interesting book on the accidental but catastrophic failure of a political and negotiating position. Dec 06, Sanjay Casula added it. Ayesha Jalal makes some interesting points about how Jinnah waws able to amalgamate the different discordant forces in than undivided India and hence able to make the pakisthan a reality was a sober unbiased study of many forces that went into the creation of pakisthan.
Jul 10, Allen rated it really liked it. Thorough and meticulous, this book challenges the perception that Jinnah really had a firm control over the Muslim periphery and that he wanted partition.
The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League, and the Demand for Pakistan
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Ayesha is married to Indian historian and politician Sugata Bose. Born in Lahore in ,  Ayesha Jalal studied at Wellesley College before moving to Trinity College , Cambridge   where she received her doctorate in She moved to Washington, D. In , she joined Tufts University as a tenured professor. The bulk of her work deals with the creation of Muslim identities in modern South Asia. Therefore, she is related to the renowned Urdu fiction writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Ayesha Jalal is among the most prominent American academics who writes on the history of South Asia.
Thomas R. Metcalf, ayesha jalal. Cambridge South Asian Studies, number New York: Cambridge University Press.