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The Idea of a Pakistani Nationhood

Anwar H. Syed
Polity
Vol. 12, No. 4 (Summer, 1980), pp. 575-597
DOI: 10.2307/3234301
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3234301
Page Count: 23
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The Idea of a Pakistani Nationhood
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Abstract

The survival of Pakistan, which has been threatened from the beginning by separatist tendencies of its various regions, might be more effectively secured if its people were to develop a sense of common nationhood. Muslim nationalism, which united Indian Muslims in the establishment of Pakistan, has not been adequate to the task. Anwar Syed observes that history, ethnicity, culture, and language contain elements of diversity and unity which, depending on the circumstances, may aid or hinder national solidarity. He reflects on the conditions under which the various regional elites could be expected to support efforts toward national integration.

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