The Selected Writings of Eqbal Ahmad

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Columbia University Press, 2006 - History - 637 pages
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Activist, journalist, and theorist, Eqbal Ahmad (1934--1999) was admired and consulted by revolutionaries and activists as well as policymakers and academics. In articles and columns published in such journals as the Nation, New York Review of Books, Monthly Review, and newspapers in Pakistan and Cairo, Ahmad inspired new ways of thinking about global issues. Whether writing on the rise of militant Islam, the conflict in Kashmir, U.S. involvement in Vietnam, or the cynical logic of Cold War geopolitics, Ahmad offered incisive, passionate, and often prophetic analyses of the major political events and movements of the second half of the twentieth century.

This work is the first to collect Ahmad's writings in a single volume. It reflects his distinct understanding of world politics as well as his profound sense of empathy for those living in poverty and oppression. He was a fierce opponent of imperialism and corruption and advocated democratic transformations in postcolonial and third-world societies. A uniquely perceptive critic of colonialism and U.S. foreign policy, Ahmad was equally vigilant in his criticisms of third-world dictatorships.

Like few other writers, Ahmad's life experiences shaped his political views. He grew up amidst the turmoil of postcolonial India, worked alongside the Algerian FLN in their fight against the French occupation, and later became a prominent spokesperson for peace between Israel and Palestine.

 

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Contents

Introduction by Carollee Bengelsdorf and Margaret Cerullo
3
How to Tell When the Rebels Have Won
13
Radical but Wrong
24
Counterinsurgency
36
The Lessons of Vietnam
65
Painful Contrasts
76
The Making of The Battle of Aloiers
85
Remembering Sidi Mohammed
94
Beyond Arafats Antics
373
An Address in Gaza
377
King Husseins Dual Legacy
381
SOUTH ASIA
387
Introduction byYogesh Chandrani and Radha Kumar
389
PARTITION AND INDEPENDENCE
401
3E Partitioned Lands Divided Sentiments
403
Jinnah in a Class of His Own
415

Introduction by Carollee Bengelsdorf and Margaret Cerullo
107
Postcolonial Systems of Power
128
Notes on the Pathology of Power
142
War of the Rentier States
154
Islam and Politics
160
H Roots of the Religious Right
179
Introduction by Carollee Bengelsdorf and Margaret Cerullo
193
Notes on American Interventions in the Third World
205
IB The Cold War from the Standpoint of Its Victims
219
Yet Again a New Nixon
228
A World of Pain
245
Theirs and Ours
257
A Time to Remember
267
Neglected Perspectives
274
Covering the Middle East
282
Introduction by Noubar Hovsepicm
293
American Diplomacy in the Middle East
318
An Essay on Reconciliation
350
On Arab Bankruptcy
357
The Public Relations of Ethnocide
360
Peace of the Weak
369
The Betrayed Promise
419
PAKISTANS MILITARY
423
Letter to a Pakistani Diplomat
425
Signposts to a Police State
431
General Zia Is Now the Law
446
AFGHANISTAN
449
Bloody Games
453
Stalemate at Jalalabad
493
In a Land Without Music
500
Talibans Unlikely Story
504
What After Strategic Depth?
509
Jihad International Inc
514
B Beyond Mutual Destruction
523
9 Indias Obsession Our Choice
539
No Alternative to Dialogue
548
No Not Again
555
5 Shotgun Governance
563
Permissions
597
Index
603
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Eqbal Ahmad (1934-1999) taught at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Cornell University and Hampshire College. He was a fellow at The Institute for Policy Studies and the first director of its overseas affiliate, The Transnational Institute.

Carollee Bengelsdorf is professor of politics at Hampshire College.

Margaret Cerullo is professor of sociology and feminist studies at Hampshire College.

Yogesh Chandrani is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Columbia University.
Carollee Bengelsdorf, professor of politics at Hampshire College, holds an A.B. from Cornell University, studied Russian history at Harvard University, and received a Ph.D. in political science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is interested in political development in Southern Africa and other Third World areas. She has conducted research in Algeria, Cuba, and Peru, and has been a school teacher in Kenya and Honduras.

Margaret Cerullo is a professor of sociology and feminist studies at Hampshire College. She has been involved with the following publications: "Beyond the Normal Family: A Cultural Critique of Women's Poverty," in Rochelle Lefkowitz and Ann Withorn's edition of For Crying Out Loud: Women and Poverty in the US (New York: Pilgrim Press, 1986); "Family and Free Time: The Politics of Leisure," (co-authored) Radical America, ibid.; reprinted in Antipode, Special Issue on Women and the Environment, 1983.

Yogesh Chandrani is currently a graduate student at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He was Assistant Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA from 1993-2000. He is co-editor with Michael Klare of World Security: Challenges for a New Century (St. Martin's Press, 2000).

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