Based on the concept of charisma formulated by Max Weber and developed by recent writers, this second revised edition concentrates on ‘personality-related’ and ‘situational’ factors that led to the emergence of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah as the charismatic leader of Muslim India and sustained and strengthened him in that role to help create the separate state of Pakistan. While a few authors have dubbed Jinnah as a charismatic leader, hardly any one has defined or discussed the concept of charisma methodically or employed it systematically to analyse his charisma and charismatic leadership. In this sense, the present study is distinct and makes an original and unique contribution to the scholarly literature on Jinnah’s political leadership. Dr Roger D. Long, a distinguished American historian on South Asia, thus acknowledged: ‘Dr Hayat’s analysis of Jinnah as a charismatic figure fills an important lacuna in the field’. Hence, this study will help interested, informed readers to see Jinnah in a new, fuller, and refreshing light. They will see a new Jinnah: The Charismatic Leader!
Dr Sikandar Hayat is Distinguished Professor of History and Public Policy and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences at FC College University, Lahore. He joined the university in 2013. In 2014-17, he was Chair of History/Pakistan Studies Department. Earlier, in 2006-12, he worked as Directing Staff (Research) at National Management College (formerly Pakistan Administrative Staff College) and Dean, National Institute of Public Policy at the National School of Public Policy, Lahore. In 1973-2006, he was associated with the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, first teaching at the Department of Pakistan Studies, till 1983, and then at the Department of History till his retirement in 2006, as Meritorious Professor of History and Chair of the department. In 1995-96, he was American Institute of Pakistan Studies Scholar-in-Residence and taught courses at the Western Michigan and Arkansas State (Jonesboro) universities in the USA. In 2006, he taught at Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA, under Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program, ‘Direct Access to the Muslim World’. In 1991-95, he served as Education Counselor at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC, USA.
Dr Hayat has extensively written on Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and the Pakistan Movement and its political leadership in national and international journals. In 2016, the National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (NIHCR) published the third revised, expanded, and updated edition of his book, Aspects of the Pakistan Movement, a standard book on the subject. Currently, he is working on a manuscript tentatively titled, ‘A Leadership Odyssey: From Muslim Separatism to Muslim Separatist Political Movement to Separate State of Pakistan’. He is also engaged in the preparation of an edited volume on Pakistan Studies for college students in Pakistan (and abroad).
The first edition of the book received the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan’s ‘Best Book Publication Award’ in Social Sciences and Humanities (2011).