Pakistan

This is a listing of every resource related to Pakistan.



More general:  South Asia

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Mapping the Middle East: Geography, Politics, and Religion
This interactive, map-based resource allows users to highlight individual countries of the Middle East for information about leadership, suffrage, and religious make-up. Also included are a quiz and secondary maps about Muslim populations throughout the world by number, percentage of population, and Shi'a/Sunni breakdown.

The 1947 Partition of India
Interactive map showing national boundaries on the Indian subcontinent, before and after the August 15, 1947 Partition

Country Profile: Pakistan
Brief overview of Pakistan's history, geography, demographics, society, economy, transportation and telecommunications, government and politics, and national security.

Islam in the Modern World: Examination of the Role and Significance of Islam in Modern Society. 6 (of 8). India.

This BBC radio program discusses the relationship between Indian Hindus and Muslims; the 1947 partition and the creation of Pakistan (including personal memories); and current trends and political influences on Islam in India.


Memory, forgetting, and the ethics of writing history
In this brief video Partha Chatterjee (professor of anthropology, Columbia University) discusses attempts to write about the Partition of India based on oral histories, and the extent to which the events important to individuals may differ from the events important to official history. He also discusses the role of deliberate forgetting of past violence, and the ethics of reviving histories that people have chosen to forget.

Divergent experiences of India and Pakistan after 1947
In this brief video, Partha Chatterjee (professor of anthropology, Columbia University) discusses how India and Pakistan have differed in their development. Pakistan's early political leaders were not from regions that became Pakistan, and local populations did not immediately become part of the government, though the Punjab elite were well represented in the army. Creating a strong central government proved difficult, and in 1956 the Pakistani army staged a coup. Since then the military has largely ruled the country, and major institutions of government have not had a chance to develop. In India, by contrast, the foundations of crucial institutions were successfully laid, and despite phases of totalitarian rule and of unsuccessful coalition governments, all parties assume that government will operate within the terms of the Constitution. Many Indians complain of slow economic growth, which some blame on Indian democracy, but many consider this a price worth paying for freedoms not enjoyed elsewhere, including Pakistan. Pakistan presents bleak choices between the military elite and the popular opposition, which in recent years has tended to come from right-wing Islamist groups.

Fatwa against the Ahmadiyya Movement
Fatwa (Urdu) issued against the Ahmadiyya Movement. 2001.

Book Cover: Bapsi Sidhwa, Cracking India
Indian/Pakistani characters and setting.

Modern South Asia Timeline: Social Movements, Political Events, and Intellectual Production
An interactive timeline, with hyperlinked documents, maps, short biographies, and other material, focusing on the modern history of the Indian subcontinent. The timeline covers the nineteenth-century religious reforms instituted by Indian intellectuals and British colonial officials and the nationalist movements leading to the 1947 independence of India and the creation of Pakistan. It provides a brief overview of earlier cultural and political events (the Brahmanical tradition, the Mughal period) that influenced debates of the British colonial period. It also lists key events, post-1947 to the 1990s, relevant to contemporary anthropological questions regarding caste, gender, and ethnic conflict. The timeline was prepared in conjunction with Columbia University anthropology course "Introduction to South Asian History and Culture" (Fall 2005).

Lahore and Amritsar
Detailed topographical map of Lahore (Pakistan) and Amritsar (India) in post-Partition Punjab

Population Density of Pakistan
Shaded map of population per square mile/kilometer

Major Pakistani Cities
Small map of Pakistan showing major cities

Map of Pakistan
Map of Pakistan's political boundaries, including provinces, with railroads and roads.

Ethnic Groups of Pakistan
Shaded map of Pakistan, showing distribution of ethnic groups