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Hunger Pains

Pakistan's Food Insecurity

Seventy-seven million Pakistanis are going hungry, and 45 million are malnourished. Weather, resource shortages, and conflict all intensify Pakistan's food insecurity. This new publication examines Pakistan's food woes from a variety of angles. less
Recommended by Hassan Abbas, and 1 others.

Hassan AbbasYes, I should mention that one of the reasons I picked this book is that it was published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. This is one institution in the US that is doing a tremendous job of focusing on very critical issues in Pakistan. They have actually published a number of short books on Pakistan between 2005 and 2010. One is on Pakistan’s water... (Source)

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The title of this book underscores the importance of a key point through its analogy with a "choked pipe"--systems plagued by systemic challenges simply cannot deliver on desired public policy endpoints. Within this context, Choked Pipes is the first consolidated review of Pakistan's health system, which describes the Mixed Health Systems Syndrome and the challenges in an environment where publicly funded government health delivery coexists with privately-financed market delivery. The author's vision for reform draws attention to a number of structural factors, both within and outside of the... more
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Hassan AbbasThis is the first book of its kind. Sania Nishtar has her own NGO thinktank, Heartfile, which is just focused on healthcare reform. She makes the case in the book that healthcare is a basic right of every citizen. It has to be seen as a fundamental right, and the state should be held responsible if it is not working properly. Then she gets into the details of how the public and private sector can... (Source)

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The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam is a compilation of lectures delivered by Muhammad Iqbal on Islamic philosophy and published in 1930. These lectures were delivered by Iqbal in Madras, Hyderabad, and Aligarh. The last chapter, "Is Religion Possible?", was added to the book from the 1934 Oxford Edition onwards.In Reconstruction, Iqbal called for a re-examination of the intellectual foundations of Islamic philosophy. The book is a major work of modern Islamic thought. less
Recommended by Ziauddin Sardar, Hassan Abbas, and 2 others.

Ziauddin SardarIn my opinion, Muhammad Iqbal, who is renowned in the Indian subcontinent as a poet and philosopher, was the first Muslim futurist. (Source)

Hassan AbbasDr Iqbal is the Indian poet-philosopher who initially came up with the idea of Pakistan. He emphasises the concept of ijtihad. (Source)

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No one knows more about Osama bin Laden than Peter Bergen. In 1997, well before the West suddenly became aware of the world's most sought-after terrorist, Bergen met with him and has followed his activities ever since.

Today, years after President Bush swore to get him dead or alive and despite haunting the popular imagination since September 11, 2001, bin Laden remains shrouded in mystery and obscured by a barrage of facts, details and myths. With numerous never-before-published interviews, The Osama Bin Laden I Know provides unprecedented insight into bin Laden's life...
Recommended by Hassan Abbas, Yosri Fouda, and 2 others.

Hassan AbbasThis book should be a textbook for South Asia’s military, intelligence and police because it explains how terrorists think. (Source)

Yosri FoudaIt’s just about the best reference book in America when it comes to bin Laden. It’s a personal account and it makes it more vivid for people and helps them to relate to it more. (Source)

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Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan in October 2007, after eight years of exile, hopeful that she could be a catalyst for change. Upon a tumultuous reception, she survived a suicide-bomb attack that killed nearly two hundred of her compatriots. But she continued to forge ahead, with more courage and conviction than ever, since she knew that time was running out—for the future of her nation and for her life.

In Reconciliation, Bhutto recounts in gripping detail her final months in Pakistan and offers a bold new agenda for how to stem the tide of Islamic radicalism and to...
Recommended by Bruce Riedel, Hassan Abbas, and 2 others.

Bruce RiedelIt is a manifesto of those who believe that Islam is a religion of moderation and of modernity. (Source)

Hassan AbbasBenazir Bhutto understood the issues that matter – the religious radicals, the religious extremism in the northwest, the militancy. (Source)

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