Frontier of Faith: Islam in the Indo-Afghan Borderland (Paperback)
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Frontier of Faith: Islam in the Indo-Afghan Borderland (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 07/06/2007
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Frontier of Faith examines the history of Islam, especially that of local mullahs, or Muslim clerics, in the North-West Frontier, a largely autonomous zone straddling the boundary of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Haroon's book is also highly relevant to the present, given that it deals with the area said to be the hiding place of Al Qaeda and its local allies. The Tribal Areas was established as a strategic buffer zone for British India, but the impact of colonial rule was minimal. The autonomy that resulted emphasized the role and importance of the local mullahs, who jealously protected the powers they accrued to themselves. After Partition in 1947 the Tribal Areas maintained its status as an autonomous region, and for the next fifty years the mullahs contributed to armed mobilizations, in return for which nationalist actors protected their vested interest in regional freedom of manoeuvre. Thus the Frontier became the hinterland of successive, contradictory jihads in support of Pashtun ethnicism, anti-colonial nationalism, Pakistani territorialism, religious revivalism, Afghan anti-Soviet resistance, and latterly anti-Americanism. Frontier of Faith is thus essential reading for all those wishing to understand the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands today and the role played there by the mullahs and their allies.

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781849041836
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'An ambitious attempt to draw on different disciplines and sources of information to illuminate the history of the tribal territories of the North West Frontier. ... a stimulating mixture of history and anthropology.' -- Dr David Page, author of Prelude to Partition: The Indian Muslims and the Imperial System of Control, 1920-1932
'Haroon offers a fascinating street-level view of frontier life and politics.' -- Basharat Peer, The Nation

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