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North-West Frontier Province: History and Politics
- Author:  Sayed Wiqar Ali Shah
- Price in Pak Rupees: Rs. 400/-
- ISBN: 978-969-415-084-0

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The book, which is in fact a collection of the author's articles published in various journals or edited works in the course of many years, focuses on the history and politics of the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) renamed as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The province has always been known for its strategic and political importance and because of that was treated in a 'special way' by the British during their rule in India. Unfortunately, that policy had fateful results for the Frontier Province as the reform measures, so essential for good governance, were denied to the province for a long time. Ironically, this was the only province with an overwhelming Muslim majority that supported the Indian National Congress in the struggle for freedom rather than join the All India Muslim League. The present study deals with the growth of mass politics in the NWFP and examines its impact upon the people of the province by focusing on various phases of its history. Keeping in view the importance of the subjects covered by the articles which are now out of print, it was decided to collect and published them in a book form for the benefit of scholars, students and those working on the region.


Born in January 1961 at Ziarat Kaka Sahib in Nowshera (NWFP), Sayed Wiqar Ali Shah, Professor and Chairman, Department of History, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, holds a D.Phil. from Oxford (1997). Earlier, he had done his Masters (1983) and M. Phil. (1986) in History from Peshawar where he also taught for a year. In 1986, he moved to Islamabad as Research Fellow at the National Institute of Historical & Cultural Research and then in 1990 joined the Quaid-i-Azam University. In 1999, he won the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.


Dr. Shah has several books to his credit, including Ethnicity, Islam and Nationalism:, Muslim Politics in the North-West Frontier Province (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) 1937-1947, Muslim League in the NWFP (1992), Khushal Khan khattak au Tarikh Nawisi (Pashto) (1992), and Pir of Manki Sharif Syed Amin al Hasanat aur Unki Siyasi jaddo Jehad (Urdu) (1990). He has also edited Afghanistan and the North-West Frontier (1993) and translated works into Pashto and from the Pashto into Urdu which include Pushtaney (2006), Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah Speeches and Statements 1947-1948 (1992), Iqbal Aur Afghanistan (1991), and Azadi Ki Talash (1989). He contributes articles regularly to learned research journals.









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