Iftikhar H. Malik. State and Civil Society in Pakistan: Politics of Authority, Ideology, and Ethnicity. Macmillan (in association with St. Anthony’s College). 1997. 347pp.Hardbound. £45.00.

Dushka H. Saiyid


Iftikhar H. Malik has taken on a daunting task in trying to
write on the state and society of Pakistan. He examines the “triangle of
authority, ideology, and ethnicity” and attempts to provide a
theoretical and historical framework for the study of Pakistan’s
chequered political history. Much in view is the role of the important
ruling classes and groups, including the military, the bureaucracy, and
the feudals, in the state formation of Pakistan. The author then goes on
to discuss the problems of national integration, ethnicity, gender, and
the role of the intelligence agencies. The book has obviously required
and is based on a great deal of research involving both primary and
secondary sources. Wide reference and erudition are fully in

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v35i3pp.285-287


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