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Since the publication of her first book, The Sole Spokesman, in , Ayesha Jalal has been Pakistan’s leading historian. Educated at. The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, Muslim League And Demand For Pakistan ( Cambridge South Asian Studies) Cambridge Studies By Ayesha Jalal Online. Thomas R. Metcalf; ayesha jalal. The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League, and the Demand for Pakistan. (Cambridge South Asian.

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Jinnah was far superior thinker above all of his peers Indians and the British. The prognosis of the subaltern school was very good but their actual work showed very poor results.

Sign In Forgot password? In an age in which the shelf life of an academic book is very short, what do you think has given The Sole Spokesman its enduring appeal?

Ayesha Jalal – Wikipedia

It was not like a boring academic book. Any centre for independent India would thr to be decided upon by the Muslim majority osle, the princely states and the Hindu majority provinces on the basis that Muslims are a nation entitled to equal treatment along with Hindus. I suggest everybody read Stanley Wolpert books on partition to understand the main characters Jinnah, Nehru and Gandhi.

He wanted ayrsha use the power of the areas where the Muslims jaal a majority to create a shield of protection for where they were in a minority. Interesting book on the accidental but catastrophic failure of a political and negotiating position. Historical evidence suggests there was nothing overdeveloped about Pakistan’s military in the immediate aftermath of Partition. I mean, what kind of Islamic state are you referring to?


Abul A’la Maududi [the founder of Jamaat-e— Islami] had to take back his views on jihad in when the war in Kashmir started and the Pakistani state put pressure on him to declare that war as jihad. This is an intense, very elaborate, most detailed and a doctoral account of pre-partition political developments.

Kau Apr 16, Ialal concept of jihad is a function of disappointments with the postcolonial state and the desire to win sovereignty. People’s history can be written when you have some broad agreement on the narrative of your history.

After reading this, i directly came down for a comment. Coming back to The Sole Spokesmanpeople say different things about Jinnah- that he was secular even when the Pakistan Ayeshaa had strong Islamic overtones. There is ample evidence that they were corresponding under pen names.

Everybody thinks he knows well about him. Sara Khan rated it really liked it Feb 19, Actually nobody ever could know himself or herself that what they could do in such situations like partition. Muslim Medina your lineage has nothing to do with reason, Quote any reason, I might be of the same view, but ideas discussed here are considerable.

He may not have read much about religion or history, but like today’s PTI voters, he liked the notion of a Muslim nation. It was like asking a man to live without his heart So, we ended up with a mutilated Pakistan that Jinnah had rejected out of hand. If we have to understand the extraordinary developments in Pakistan’s history, sadly, we have to look at the people yaesha the power to make decisions.


Well, jlal was clearly not what Jinnah had in mind. He talked about military as an “overdeveloped” spolesman in the colonial context.

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The bulk of her work deals with the creation of Muslim identities in modern South Asia. To read more subscribe to the Herald in print.

That made Muslims an all-India religious category and Jinnah said that they, therefore, needed to be given a share in power at the all-India level once the British had left. Jinnah did not want Partition, in case people have forgotten that, Similarly, when the United Bengal plan was floated, Jinnah said it was better that Bengal remained united.

Aydsha, after the partition and after several years of striving India was able to achieve secularism while Ayesa still faced difficulty.

Jinnah did not want Partition: Ayesha Jalal – Herald

In the presence of such structural problems, what can be the prospects for stable democratic institutions in Pakistan? That is exactly what politicians in Punjab and Bengal said. Views Read Edit View history. But ask themselves do they know themselves honestly? She is also known for positing in The Sole Spokesman that the Partition of India and Pakistan was less a political necessity than a terrible human tragedy and th Ayesha Jalal is a Pakistani-American historian and academic, and the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University.