Eqbal Ahmad: Critical Outsider in a Turbulent Age by Stuart SchaarEqbal Ahmad: Critical Outsider in a Turbulent Age by Stuart Schaar

Eqbal Ahmad: Critical Outsider in a Turbulent Age

byStuart Schaar

Hardcover | September 15, 2015

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Eqbal Ahmad (1930?-1999) was a bold and original activist, journalist, and theorist who brought uncommon perspective to the rise of militant Islam, the conflict in Kashmir, the involvement of the United States in Vietnam, and the geopolitics of the Cold War. A long-time friend and intellectual collaborator of Ahmad, Stuart Schaar presents in this book previously unseen materials by and about his colleague, having traveled through the United States, India, Pakistan, western Europe, and North Africa to connect Ahmad's experiences to the major currents of modern history.

Ahmad was the first to recognize that former ally Osama bin Laden would turn against the United States. He anticipated the rapidly shifting loyalties of terrorists and understood that overthrowing Saddam Hussein would provoke violence and sectarian strife in Iraq. Ahmad had great compassion for the victims of the proxy wars waged by the leading Cold War powers, and he frequently championed unpopular causes, such as the need to extend the rights of Palestinians and protect Bosnians and Kosovars in a disintegrating Yugoslavia. Toward the end of his life, Ahmad worked tirelessly to broker a peace between India and Pakistan and to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons throughout the subcontinent. As novel and necessary as ever, Ahmad's remarkable vision is here preserved and extended to reveal the extent to which he was involved in the political and historical conflicts of his time.

Stuart Schaar is professor emeritus of Middle East and North African history at Brooklyn College, CUNY. His most recent publication is The Birth of the Arab Citizen and the Changing of the Middle East. He lives in Rabat, Morocco.
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Title:Eqbal Ahmad: Critical Outsider in a Turbulent AgeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pagesPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231171560

ISBN - 13:9780231171564

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Eqbal's Life2. Reflections on Eqbal's Life3. Polemics4. Islam and Islamic History5. Imperialism, Nationalism, Revolutionary Warfare, Insurgency, and the Need for Democracy6. The Middle East and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict7. India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh: The Problem of Nuclear Proliferation and Views on Partitioning States8. Critique of U.S. Foreign Policy, the Cold War, and TerrorismConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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Short but poignant.... Schaar does a wonderful job capturing the special relationship and bond metween Ahmad and Said.