While pundits are busy debating who was responsible for Benazir’s tragic death, the larger tragedy of Pakistan’s political history should not be overlooked. A country whose name literary means “the Land of the Pure” and which was intended to become a free and flourishing promised land for Muslims in the subcontinent has become sullied with chronic poverty, political violence, ethnic strife, and religious extremism.Read the rest of The paradoxes of Pakistan.
Mehrzad Boroujerdi is Associate Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where he also serves as the Founding Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program and Co-Director of the Religion, Media and International Relations Project. He is the author of Iranian Intellectuals and the West: The Tormented Triumph of Nativism and serves as the general editor of the Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East book series published by Syracuse University Press. He is a member of the SSRC advisory committee for religion and international affairs.