Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity: The Search for Saladin

  title={Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity: The Search for Saladin},
  author={Akbar S. Ahmed},
Every generation needs to reinterpret its great men of the past. Akbar Ahmed, by revealing Jinnah's human face alongside his heroic achievement, both makes this statesman accessible to the current age and renders his greatness even clearer than before. Four men shaped the end of British rule in India: Nehru, Gandhi, Mountbatten and Jinnah. We know a great deal about the first three, but Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, has mostly either been ignored or, in the case of Richard… Expand
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