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  • Sale! A History of the Baloch and Balochistan

    A History of the Baloch and Balochistan


    A History of the Baloch and Balochistan

    Mir Naseer Khan Ahmedzai Kambarani Baloch

    This is an abridged English translation of an eight-volume book in Urdu, written by a direct descendant of the Khan of Kalat. The book records BalochistanÕs ancient history, the Islamic Empire, Mongol conquests, the advent of the British, and the post-Partition period. It attempts to generate a better understanding of the Baloch through historical retrospection, dispelling the anachronistic characterization of the land and its people.

  • Sale! A History of the Judiciary in Pakistan Second Edition

    A History of the Judiciary in Pakistan Second Edition By Hamid Khan


    A History of the Judiciary in Pakistan Second Edition

    Hamid Khan

    This book undertakes a comprehensive study of Pakistan’s judicial history since Independence. It includes detailed discussion of the act, lives, and judgments of significant Pakistani judges, with their continuing effects on the life of the nation.
    One of the three primary organs of the state, the judiciary in Pakistan has attained a particularly prominent profile over the last decade and a half. The dramatic restoration to office of the Chief Justice, following the celebrated Lawyers’ Movement of 2007; the exercise of suo moto jurisdiction by the Supreme Court in matters of enforcement of fundamental rights; the increasingly prominent role the Judiciary is playing in the resolution of conflicts: these and other developments have further enhanced interest in the judiciary, which has become a focal point for people’s aspirations and hopes.
    This is the second edition of the book; the first edition was published in 2016. This book will be of special interest to lawyers, judges, law professors, and to students of law, political science, and history, as well as general readers.

  • Sale! Al-Qusharyri's Epistle on Sufism

    Al-Qusharyri’s Epistle on Sufism: Al-Risala Al-qushayriyya Fi ‘ilm Al-tasawwuf (Great Books of Islamic Civilization) By Al-Qushayri, Abu ‘l-Qasim


    Written in 437/1045, Al-Qushayri’s Epistle on Sufism has served as a primary textbook for many generations of Sufi novices down to the present. The book gives an illuminating insight into the everyday lives of Sufi devotees of the 8th-11th centuries C.E. and the moral and ethical dilemmas they were facing in trying to strike a delicate balance between their ascetic and mystical convictions and the exigencies of life in a society governed by rank, wealth, and military power. In al-Qushayri’s narrative, the Sufi ‘friends of God’ (awaliya) are depicted as the true, if uncrowned, kings of this world – not those worldly rulers who appear to be lording it over the common herd of believers. Yet, even the most advanced Sufi masters should not take salvation for granted. Miracle-working, no matter how spectacular, cannot guarantee the Sufi a favorite outcome in the afterlife, for it may be but a ruse on the part of God who wants to test the moral integrity of his servant. In Al-Qushayri’s Epistle on Sufism, these and many other Sufi motifs are illustrated by the anecdotes and parables that show al-Qushayri’s fellow Sufis in a wide variety of contexts: suffering from hunger and thirst in the desert, performing pilgrimage to Mecca, participating in ‘spiritual concerts’, reciting the Qur’an, waging war against the ‘infidel’ enemy and their own desires, earning their livelihood, meditating in a retreat, praying, working miracles, interacting with the people of the market-place, their family members and peers, dreaming, and dying.

  • Sale! Bahao

    Bahao By Mustansar Hussain Tarar


    Mustansar Hussain Tarar (Urdu: مستنصر حسين تارڑ) is a Pakistani author, actor, the first Morning Show presenter and a pioneer trekker – in his own words: a vagabond.

    Having made a name for himself by taking the mantle in Pakistan’s mountaineering community, Mustansar Hussain is widely recognized as one of the most well known personalities in Pakistan. Though the origin of his fame is usually considered to be his established and decorated career as a writer, Tarar can also be recognized as the foremost endorser for tourism projects in Northern Areas of Pakistan, having exorbitantly increased the array of tourist exposure to the areas by becoming both a mountaineer and an adventure author who uses these locations as backdrops for his storylines.

  • Sale! Companion to Pakistani Cuisine

    Companion to Pakistani Cuisine By Shanaz Ramzi


    Companion to Pakistani Cuisine

    Edited by Shanaz Ramzi

    Pakistan’s diverse cuisine has been influenced by its rich history and varied topography. With a cuisine that is at once as old as the most ancient civilization that once inhabited these lands and as young as the latest fast-food recipe downloaded from the Internet, Pakistani cuisine is constantly evolving. This book is the first of its kind in Pakistan and aims to encompass all major aspects of Pakistan’s culinary offerings. Through an exhaustive but meticulous selection of subjects and detailed entries on them by experts in their field, this encyclopaedia offers an insight into the gastronomic history and food ethos of Pakistan. The volume will serve as a valuable reference book on almost all the elements of Pakistani food, including people, places, events, historical data, and food culture. It draws on subjects like archaeology, history, botany, and anthropology. Providing a wealth of information on food materials and the cuisine of the country, it includes descriptions of dishes from across Pakistan, cooking techniques practiced, and ingredients and utensils commonly used.

  • Sale! Destined to Fail

    Destined to Fail


    The book contributes to the critical debate of exogenous state- and democracy-building experiments pursued in the aftermath of Western-led intervention in war-torn societies. The mistakes committed by the principal intervener, the United States, at the zero hour of state-building in Afghanistan could not be rectified in the following years of intervention. The ‘multilateral state and democracy building project’ remained a ‘unilateral decision-making project’ in practice, making it less cost-effective. Furthermore, a systematic inquiry into the processes establishes the rationale that political change is not the guarantor of social change in conflict-ridden societies like Afghanistan. Failure of the Afghanistan state- and democracy-building experiment clearly shows that the US cannot fix the world according to its own ideas.

  • Sale! Earthly Order

    Earthly Order By Saleem H. Ali


    Earthly Order

    How Natural Laws Define Human Life
    Saleem H. Ali

    Current debates in politics often present what should constitute a ‘world order’ while scientists have wrestled with what are fundamental conditions of ‘natural order.’ Humanity has either tried to conquer or capitulate to natural order, whereas Earthly Order: How Natural Laws Define Human Life provides a readable synthesis of these    debates with practical guidance for the public with a host of current examples around  environmental decision-making by consumers, the government and industry.

    With Earthly Order, Saleem Ali presents a grand, sprawling exploration of the scientific realm in search of simplicity in nature and order in our human planet. What he uncovers is revealing and provocative in equal measure – a fresh lens to look at the social, economic, political and environmental challenges of our unsustainable age – Professor Iain Stewart, Host of BBC Series, How Earth Made Us, UNESCO Chair in Geoscience and Society, Royal Scientific Society of Jordan.

  • Sale! History, Memory, Fiction

    History, Memory, Fiction By David Waterman


    History, Memory, Fiction

    New Dimensions in Contemporary Pakistani and Kashmiri Writings
    David Waterman

    History, Memory, Fiction proposes an examination of several contemporary novels and memoirs of leading Pakistani and Kashmiri writers, considering them as historical fiction, in other words as works that are based on real-world facts, but as fiction are able to go further in creating what have been called ‘possible worlds’, ultimately creating a plausible story that might well be a true story. By blurring the frontier between history and fiction, unconstrained by concerns of referential ‘truth’, these novels and memoirs are able to provide us with fresh insights and moral orientation while suggesting that the past—which is not the same as history—must be given meaning in our present if we wish to create better possible futures. Thus, these writers are engaged in active social critique, providing readers with a broader perspective of historical consciousness.

  • Sale! Honour Unmasked

    Honour Unmasked By Nafisa Shah


    Honour Unmasked

    Gender Violence, Law, and Power in Pakistan
    Nafisa Shah

    Based on Shah’s unique insights over many years of experience as a journalist, researcher, and administrator, this fascinating study shows how the state justice system and informal processes of redress are mutually implicated in providing a space for honour-related violence, in the Sindh province, known as karo-kari. The author persuasively argues, however, that the label, karo-kari, masks diverse underlining factors such as contest over leadership, resources, marital strategies, and uses the language of honour as a means of legitimating and appropriating power.

    The book is an insightful, scholarly, lucid, and coherently argued treatise on the topic of honour killings. It contains fascinating and richly-detailed ethnography and engages on issues of concern across the anthropology of gender, politics, and law. This landmark study offers a new perspective for understanding and dealing with honour-related violence demonstrating that honour does not lead to violence but that such violence is strategy ‘masked in honour’.

  • Sale! In Quest of Jinnah

    In Quest of Jinnah By Sharif al Mujahid


    In Quest of Jinnah

    Diary, Notes, and Correspondence of Hector Bolitho
    Edited by Sharif al Mujahid

    This book is a compilation of previously unpublished and expunged portions of Jinnah: Creator of Pakistan by Hector Bolitho, the first biography of the Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and Bolitho’s own diary and notes, and correspondence with functionaries of the Government of Pakistan and highly placed individuals in Britain, India,
    and Pakistan who had known Jinnah personally. The book also includes the English and American reviews of Bolitho’s celebrated and influential biography. The volume is a treasure trove of oral history concerning Pakistan’s founding father. Bolitho’s interviews with people who had known Jinnah personally in various capacities, and at various stages of his life, recorded within four to five years of his death, have preserved for posterity a good deal of information and historically important material that would have otherwise been lost for ever. This contribution is, in fact, more valuable and has greater significance than Bolitho’s published biography. These texts comprise material that the author was not allowed to include in his biography, but is presented in this volume for the benefit of scholars and interested readers. In Quest of Jinnah provides a three-dimensional view of the original published version, and offers fresh and authentic insights into the personality and politics of Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

  • Sale! Introducing International Relations

    Introducing International Relations By Farhan Hanif Siddiqi and Muhammad Nadeem Mirza


    Introducing International Relations

    Concepts, Theories, and Practices
    Farhan Hanif Siddiqi and Muhammad Nadeem Mirza

    Introducing International Relations explores the development of the IR ‘discipline’ through three major essentials: concepts, theories, and practices. Each chapter is structurally organised with respect to detailing concepts, moving thereon to theory, and animated with relevant empirical examples making the connect between theory and practice. Pakistan and the developing world provide the primary reference points for the discussion of practice which is one of the major strengths of the book. In addition, the book challenges students to think methodically, independently, and critically by way of relevant thinking exercises and a summation of key points at the end of individual chapters.

  • Sale! PAKISTAN LEFT REVIEW: Then and Now

    PAKISTAN LEFT REVIEW: Then and Now By Nadir Cheema and Stephen M. Lyon



    Edited by Nadir Cheema and Stephen M. Lyon

    This volume places the spotlight on an important moment in history. The late 1960s was a time of profound change around the world, and the contributions included here from Pakistan’s leftist intellectuals based in London, speak volumes about the implications of the turbulence and the promise for a better future in relation to Pakistan. More than five decades on, the promise of a better tomorrow looks as far away as ever, but the turbulence has returned with a vengeance. The newly written contributions reflect on the significance of this leftist journal at the time and the impact of those ideas and discourses on the politics that came to be.

    Challenging the triumphant narratives of global capitalism long before the current impasse created by the mantra of neoliberal market fundamentalism, the essays reproduced here from the PLR underscore how critical intellectual engagement with history and other social science disciplines can offset the disillusionment and lack of direction in our increasingly troubling present. An overture to a fairer and more equitable deal for the disempowered and exploited, the volume is a must read for anyone interested in the history of the left in Pakistan.

    Professor Ayesha Jalal, Tufts University

    By excavating a sliver in the rich but largely neglected history of revolutionary internationalism in Pakistan and the diaspora, Lyon & Cheema provide hope that new potentialities of left politics can be crafted in our global present. Essential reading for young Pakistani progressives today who have otherwise limited exposure to historical lineages of the left. Learning about this past is the first step to carrying forward the left’s best traditions whilst also charting new futures for emancipatory thought and political practice.

    Dr Aasim Sajjad Akhter, Quaid-i-Azam University

    This important collection of documents, the Pakistan Left Review, contains a record of Pakistani global history in the progressive 1960s that is often missing from national archival records. It will be of interest to scholars and general readers alike.

    Dr Anushay Malik, Simon Fraser University

  • Sale! Pakistan Studies Second Edition

    Pakistan Studies Second Edition By Muhammad Reza Kazimi


    Pakistan Studies Second Edition

    Muhammad Reza Kazimi

    Pakistan Studies is written for students enrolled in the Four-Year BS Degree programme, the Five-Year BE and LLB Degree programme, and the Two-Year Associate Degree (AD) programme. The second edition of this essential textbook covers the National Curriculum for Pakistan Studies (compulsory) course.
    This is the first definitive study of Pakistan’s history, culture, geography, the environment and its development. The historical background of Pakistan and implications of the Cabinet Mission Plan, the political development of Pakistan, the break-up of 1971, and the nuclearization of Pakistan, are written in a way that provides a complete overview. The Foreign Relations section deals with the role of world powers during the wars fought by Pakistan and its relations with South Asian and
    Middle Eastern countries. The economy of Pakistan is detailed in its many phases: at creation, when Pakistan was not considered viable, to the 1960s, when the economy was upheld as a model, right up to the present-day challenges. In the section on Culture, the author explains why language became a politically charged issue.
    Pakistan Studies is a multi-disciplinary compulsory subject taught in all degree colleges and universities across Pakistan. The second edition has been revised and updated and includes four new chapters.

  • Sale! Pakistan: Statecraft and Geopolitics in Today’s World

    Pakistan: Statecraft and Geopolitics in Today’s World By Shahid Javed Burki


    Pakistan: Statecraft and Geopolitics in Today’s World

    Shahid Javed Burki

    There are several studies on Pakistan’s external relations but none of them paint the picture on as wide a canvas as the one chosen for this work. Most studies deal with bilateral relations, however, the scope of this work is much wider. This book examines Pakistan’s relations with India, China, the United States, and Afghanistan and several other countries in a dynamic framework. The author looks at Pakistan’s external relations from several disciplinary angles and explains that it is difficult to fully comprehend economic changes—in particular, the influences on the making of public policy—without understanding the political, social, and cultural environment in which Pakistan’s economy functions. Some of the topics discussed in the book are demography; geography; migrations; religion; climate change and global warning; American–China trade war; America’s conflict with Iran; India’s decision to absorb Kashmir as a ‘territory’ of the Indian Union; and the impact of international migration on the political systems in several Western nations.

  • Sale! Seerat-ul-Nabi (S.A.W.)

    Seerat-ul-Nabi (S.A.W.) Complete 7 Volumes in 3 Bindings By Shibli Nomani


    Sirat-un-Nabi (Life of the Prophet) is one of the most famous and authentic Sirah Rasul Allah (biographies) of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, written in Urdu by Shibli Nomani and his student, Sulaiman Nadvi in complete 7 volumes. This edition have all seven volumes in 3 bindings.

  • Sale! Sindh under the Kalhoras

    Sindh under the Kalhoras


    Sindh under the Kalhoras

    Persian Histories, Chronicles, Epistolaries, and Compendiums of 18th Century Sindh
    Humera Naz

    This book introduces several historical sources relevant to Sindh, with a particular emphasis on the eighteenth century. It examines the general set of values of the Sindhi society during the Kalhora period (1701–1783) which determined the historiographic outlook of that era. It also analyses the different historiographic premises to which the Kalhoras subscribed and the individual idiosyncrasies of the contemporary authors. The work has been written with the aim to assist future analysts of the history of Sindh with fresh markers and incentives for reanalysis and interpretation of primary resources of that era. The research is open-ended and opens vistas for future historians to continue their investigation further through the British period and bring it up to the present era to explore the nexus and various stages of evolution in the field of writing the contemporary history of Sindh

    “An important, well-written and organized survey of Persian historical sources for the 18th century Sindh. Students and researchers alike will benefit greatly.”

    – Manan Ahmed, Columbia University