My Pakistan Reading List

I move to Islamabad on Wednesday to become The Telegraph’s Pakistan correspondent. Here is my current reading list:

Any other recommendations?

5 thoughts on “My Pakistan Reading List

  1. Hi there, this is far more law focussed, but I have found studying and reading law papers (mostly with strong political and sociological themes) very helpful in getting a better grasp of the SA region, Pakistan in particular. I think its especially useful to do this for Pakistan because of the clinical way in which its nation state has been constructed.
    Asian Centre for Human Rights (2007), Pakistan: the Land of Religious Apartheid and Jackboo Justice, Delhi. []
    Good luck! (Will also be interested to know what you think of ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes’, i’m reading it at the moment, but struggling to get into it- possibly due to my low effort and subsequent limited progress to page 34…)

  2. I just finished reading Coll, Rashid, Schofield for class 🙂

    Guess it depends on how far back you want to go with the history, but:

    – Fredrick Barth: Political Leadership Among Swath Pathans — very anthropological but interesting.

    happy reading!

  3. Shame by Rushdie is a must surely?
    The Olaf Caroe book on the Pathans.
    Alice Alba’s book on the Indus looks good but I’ve not read it.
    The Great Game stuff is a bit romantic but I’m not sure how useful it’d be. Ditto for Kim.

  4. Great suggestions all. I look forward to getting through them all over the next year or so. There’s some that I had already heard of, and a couple out of the blue. Much appreciated

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