How Pakistan is ‘Constructed’ through Knowledge Production in Academia

Walking down the street, my ‘Gora’ friend abruptly said to me ‘You don’t seem to be a Pakistani.” I raised my eyebrows, waiting for an explanation. After quite an awkward pause he said that Pakistan is a country synonymous with extremism and terrorism, but you seem to be quite moderate. It took a moment for this revelation about my country to sink in. I vividly remember asking, ‘It’s your perception about my country, which is far from reality.’ To which he replied, ‘When millions of people think in a similar manner, it’s not perception anymore, it becomes reality.’

Who constructs reality? Probably those who have the power to manipulate knowledge. But the real question is ‘How is Reality Constructed’? The book ‘Constructing ‘Pakistan’ through Knowledge Production in International Relations and Area Studies’ written by Dr. Ahmed Waqas Waheed will answer a few questions, and compel you to ask more. Most importantly it will make you ponder.

Quoting ‘About the Book’ section,

“This book analyses the discourse on Pakistan by exploring the knowledge production processes through which the International Relations community, Asian and South Asian area study centres and think-tanks construct Pakistan’s identity.”

The power of written text is widely accepted, yet its implications are not generally comprehended. The words written and then published in a reputable international paper are read by thousands. Those who read, teach their students the same literature. Thus if a researcher from foreign land writes that ‘Pakistan is a failed state’ REMEMBER, everyone will know about it and believe it.

‘Constructing ‘Pakistan’ through Knowledge Production in International Relations and Area Studies’ is a book that looks at the process of how knowledge is produced in academia and then disseminated in the general public.

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The book, published by an international academic and trade publishing company ‘Palgrave Macmillan’ is critically praised by renowned International Relation Professors in the United Kingdom, UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies and other prestigious scholars and IR experts.

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