Farzana Shaikh


On her book Making Sense of Pakistan

Cover Interview of July 26, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Addressing the ideological confusion at the heart of Pakistan.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“It is not so much Islam per se that accounts for Pakistan’s decline, but the country’s ambiguous, if not conflicted, relation to Islam as a political ideology.”

On the second:

“Since its creation Pakistan has had three constitutions and all without exception have been mired in controversy over their Islamic texture.”