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Benazir Bhutto

A Multidimensional Portrait
Anna Suvorova
The book is devoted to the life and work of Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (1953–2007), the first female head of a Muslim state. In the late twentieth century, women leaders came to power in a number of states with predominant Muslim populations (Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Turkey). This destroyed the gender stereotype of traditional Muslim society and promoted its modernization and democratization.
Benazir Bhutto: A Multidimensional Portrait, makes an all-round study of this phenomenon of international politics, which has deep historical and cultural roots. She has been recognized the world over as a fearless fighter against dictatorship and extremism and a staunch supporter of peaceful dialogue between Islam and the West. The charismatic personality and tragic fate of Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007 while campaigning for General Elections, are narrated against the backdrop of the story of the powerful political Bhutto family to which Benazir belonged, and contemporary political and social life in Pakistan. The narrative is written in close conjunction with the lives of other well-known South Asian politicians. The book is based on Bhutto's own books, articles, and speeches—and on the author's interviews with her close friends and colleagues.


Author Description

Dr Anna Suvorova Professor of Indo-Islamic Culture, is currently Head of Department of Asian Literatures at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). A specialist in Islam in the Indian subcontinent, classical Urdu literature, Indian and Pakistani theatre and representative arts, she frequently lectures on these subjects in the universities around the globe. Professor Suvorova is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (RAS), British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS), and some other international scholarly organizations. She has authored among several other books, Masnavi: A study of Urdu Romance (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2000); Muslim Saints of South Asia: The Eleventh to Fifteenth Century (London–New York: Routledge Curzon, 2004; Urdu translation—Lahore: Ma‘shal, 2007); Early Urdu Theatre: Traditions and Transformations (Lahore: NCA Publications, 2009); and Lahore: Topophilia of Space and Place (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2011). Suvorova has also translated into Russian many works of Urdu prose and poetry, including Saadat Hasan Manto, Ismat Chughtai, Qurratul Ain Hyder, and Iftikhar Arif. Professor Anna Suvorova has been conferred the Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan for her contribution to research on Pakistani Literature and Cultural Heritage.

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ISBN 9780199401727
Weight in kg 0.575
Rights World
Year of Publication 2015
Binding Hardback
Pages 348 pages