Book Reviews



Read Malik Siraj Akbar’s review of Purifying the Land of the Pure: Pakistan’s Religious Minorities, a book by Farahnaz Ispahani, a Pakistani parliamentarian and liberal scholar about the state of religious minorities in Pakistan. This review was published in the Huffington Post on January 17, 2016. To read the full review, please click here.


Malik Siraj Akbar reviewed Arif Jamal’s book Call For Transnational Jihad: Lashkar-e-Taiba 1985-2014. The book talks about the origin and the strengths of a frequently underestimated Islamic extremist, terrorist group, the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. This review was published in the Huffington Post on September 13, 2014. To read the full review, please click here.


Malik Siraj Akbar reviewed the National Defense University professor, Dr. Hassan Abbas’s book, The Taliban Revival: Violence and Extremism on the Pakistan-Afghanistan Frontier. The book talks how the Taliban have not been defeated in Afghanistan in spite of a military campaign the United States led for more than a decade and how the Taliban have actually emerged as a stronger force. The review was published in Foreign Policy on June 10, 2014. To read the full article, please click here.


On January 10, 2014, Malik Siraj Akbar reviewed for the Diplomat Daniel S. Markey’s book No Exit from Pakistan: Pakistan’s Tortured Relationship with Islamabad. Talking of Pakistan’s relations with the United States or its heavy dependance on Washington, Akbar wrote: “The Pakistanis will have to take ownership of their own country and reset their national goals and priorities. An appetite for nuclear weapons and an arms race with India has caused widespread poverty, illiteracy and disease.” To read the full review, please click here.


Avoiding Armageddon, Huffington Post, June 3, 2013

Working with Sharks, Huffington Post, May 14, 2013

The Thistle and the Drone, Dawn, Pakistan, February, 22, 2013

Pakistan on the Brink, Huffington Post, August 25, 2012

The Taliban Reshuffle, the Friday Times, Pakistan, September 02-08, 2011

The Scorpion’s Tail, the Friday Times, Pakistan, February 11-17, 2011

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