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Yasser Latif Hamdani

Jinnah: A Life

Jinnah: A Life

ISBN: 9789389109139

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‘No biography of Mahomed Ali Jinnah – Pakistan’s Quaid-e-Azam – has been true to the man who described himself as “plain Mr Jinnah”. Yasser Latif Hamdani’s book fills that void. The author puts together an account of Jinnah’s life with affection, without neglecting key facts and by including commonly repeated distortions. Jinnah’s greatness shines through [in this book] while maintaining the humanity of his character’Husain Haqqani, Former Pakistan Ambassador to the US, author of Reimagining Pakistan‘At last a biography of Jinnah that does not separate his personal life from the political’Sheela Reddy, author of Mr and Mrs Jinnah: The Marriage that Shook IndiaWas Jinnah the sole driving force behind the Partition of India? Or was he a champion of Islam who stood for a new Islamic renaissance?Mahomed Ali Jinnah started his political career in the Congress as a staunch Indian nationalist. He believed in secular politics and was opposed to bringing religion into it. He was known as an ambassador of Hindu–Muslim unity. So why did he, towards the end of his career, initiate the creation of a separate Muslim-state?This new biography provides the answers while casting fresh light on Jinnah's character, his personal life, his political and legal careers, his relationship with Gandhi, Nehru as well as his disagreements with their ideas. Carefully examining the major events of his life – from early childhood to his first speech as President of the All India Muslim League – Yasser Latif Hamdani presents a complex and compelling portrait of Jinnah who is often narrowly regarded as a votary of a theocratic Islamic state.Based on extensive research and a wealth of archival material, Hamdani has revealed those traits of Jinnah’s personality that made him the most misunderstood leader of his times. He also comments on how religious zealots have turned Pakistan into an Islamic Republic contrary to Jinnah's vision.
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