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Pakistan: Muslim Nation or Islamic State?

Chatham House, London


Dr Farzana Shaikh, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House; author, Making Sense of Pakistan
Chair: Peter Preston, The Guardian


Pakistan's transformation from a country once projected as a model of Muslim enlightenment to a state faced with a lethal Islamist challenge has dominated headlines. The speaker will argue that while the failure of governance and the damage wrought by external powers have hastened this decline, the country's problems are rooted in its foundations as a nation. From the outset there was uncertainty about the country's national identity and the state's relationship to Islam. It is this ideological confusion that has left Pakistan prey to the forces of extremism that threaten international stability today.

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