Conflict Management and Vision for a Secular Pakistan: A Comparative Study

Hardcover | April 15, 2014

byMoonis Ahmar

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The book aims to examine the vision for the new state of Pakistan as perceived by the founders of the country. Be it sectarian, ethnic or resource based conflicts, the lack of a secular approach pursued by various regimes of Pakistan since 1947 until today has augmented the sense of insecurityand instability in the country, particularly among the socially and ethnically marginalized communities. A secular approach does not imply anti-religious thought or practice, but a neutral and unbiased way of understanding which can be perceived as just and fair. The book argues that the issue of religious militancy and violence can be successfully dealt with by introducing a secular order; this research aims to add to new perspective to developing an understanding of a secular approach and mindset in order to unleash the process of conflict management inPakistan based on the lessons which can be learned from the experiences of European, Turkish, Indian, and Indonesian experiments with secularism.

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The book aims to examine the vision for the new state of Pakistan as perceived by the founders of the country. Be it sectarian, ethnic or resource based conflicts, the lack of a secular approach pursued by various regimes of Pakistan since 1947 until today has augmented the sense of insecurityand instability in the country, particularl...

Dr Moonis Ahmar is Professor of International Relations at the University of Karachi and the Director of the program on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. His field of specialization is conflict and security studies focussing on the South and the Central Asian regions. Dr Ahmar has 29 years of experience in the field of academia i...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:250 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199069964

ISBN - 13:9780199069965

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List of AcronymsPrefaceForewordIntroductionIn the World of Secular or SecularismSecularism and PakistanLearning from the Experience of EuropeModels of Secular and SecularismVision for a Secular PakistanBibliography