Rasul Bakhsh Rais, Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS) recently published his new monograph titled Imagining Pakistan: Modernism, State, and the Politics of Islamic Revival (Lexington Books, 2017).
Imagining Pakistan analyses the institutional imbalance between the military and the civilian groups, the idea of the security state, and the Islamist social forces and movements that have been engaged in the politics of Islamic revival in Pakistan.
It argues that Pakistan’s stability, security, and progress will depend on pursuing the path of political modernity. Although the restoration of parliamentary democracy and the resilience of the Pakistani society are hopeful signs, resolving the critical issues that Pakistan faces today will require consolidation of democracy, better leadership, and a moderate and modernist vision of both the state and the society.
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