ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Little-known Communist Movement

Radical Left in Pakistan

Communism in Pakistan: Politics and Class Activism 1947-1972 by Kamran Asdar Ali, London/New York: I B Tauris, 2015; pp 304, $80.

The words communism and Pakistan do not appear together all that often. Literature on progressive politics in Pakistan is so sparse that only the keenest observers of the country’s political scene are aware of its history and/or the contemporary state of the Pakistani left. Which makes anthropologist-cum-historian Kamran Asdar Ali’s Communism in Pakistan a must-read for anyone with an interest in going beyond the caricatures of beards, bombs and burqas that dominate scholarship on Pakistan.

Threat to Muslim Pakistan

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