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Pakistan: The Formative Phase, 1857-1948
This admirably written book analyzes, in a scholarly and impartial way, a mass of material relating to the creation of Pakistan. Taking 1857 as the starting point, Khalid bin Sayeed relates the diverse factors which periodically heightened or lowered tension between the Hindus and Muslims of the subcontinent.
Even fifty years after it was first published, Khalid bin Sayeed’s scholarly study of the formative phase of Pakistan remains the definitive work for the period.
Khalid bin Sayeed was a Professor of Political Science at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada as well as a visiting Professor at McGill University and Duke University. He gave lectures in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, having also taught in India and at the University of Dhaka. Professor Sayeed’s other publications include The Political System of Pakistan (1969) and Politics in Pakistan—The Nature and Direction of Change (1980).