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Published: 01 February 2017

224 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190621650

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Purifying the Land of the Pure

A History of Pakistan's Religious Minorities

Farahnaz Ispahani

  • Explores the reasons why Pakistan, created as a homeland for the Indian subcontinent's largest religious minority, is so plagued with religious violence
  • Analyzes Pakistan's policies towards religious minority populations, both Muslim and non-Muslim, since independence in 1947
  • Traces the history of Sunni extremism and stresses how the contradictions at the heart of the Pakistani state-building project have fueled religious intolerance
  • Written accessibly and concisely, yet sweeping in coverage