Ilhan Niaz

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Ilhan Niaz (born 10 October 1980) is a professor of history from Pakistan. He is winner of the first Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) Award for best non fiction in English in 2011 and the winner of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan's (HEC-P) Best Book Publication in Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities of 2010 Award.[1]

Education and research

Niaz has completed all his post graduate work from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He completed his MSc in history in 2003, M.Phil in 2004 and his PhD in 2009.[2] The PhD thesis became the basis for his second book which won the KLF Award and the HEC Best Book Publication Award. He has been published in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, www.foreignaffairs.com, and other leading international publications.

In his first book, An Inquiry into the Culture of Power of the Subcontinent, Niaz developed a theoretical framework that explains the rise and fall of states in South Asia. The core elements of this framework are a type of the state (continental bureaucratic empire) that manifests three main properties in its organization. First, the state is the property of the ruler or the rulers. Second, the ruler(s) operate through hierarchical institutions (military, bureaucracy, priests). Third, they exercise power arbitrarily and due to the official ideology or religion are above lawful criticism. Niaz presents a macro-historical overview of South Asia from the Indus Valley Civilization to near-contemporary India and Pakistan and demonstrates the elements of continuity in the behavior of ruling elites over this period. He argues that since independence from Britain in 1947, India and Pakistan have slowly gone back to their primordial cultures of power that are delusional, arbitrary, ideocratic and treat the state as a personal estate. In his second book, The Culture of Power and Governance of Pakistan, 1947-2008, Niaz provides a detailed study of Pakistan's experience of behavioral regression since 1947. The framework developed in the first book is applied and adjusted in light of the archival material found in Islamabad.[3]

Niaz's latest book, Old World Empires: Cultures of Power and Governance in Eurasia, was published by Routledge, New York in April 2014, and is available in India and Pakistan in an Oxford University Press edition released in November 2014.[4] In this book, Niaz advances the framework developed in his works on South Asia and Pakistan and applies it to India, China, Persia, Continental Europe, the Ottoman Empire, Russia, Japan, and the United Kingdom.[5] Niaz takes a long-view of historical development that combines deterministic factors such as geography and environment with variable factors such as leadership, politics, and ideology, to provide an overview of how states developed structurally and in terms of mentality. This is the first instance of a Pakistani historian developing a philosophical framework for understanding global macro-history.[6]

Career

Niaz is currently (since 2009) assistant professor of history at Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) in Islamabad.[7] His teaching interests include historiography, Pakistan and world history.[8] He has published numerous articles and book reviews.

Award

  • 2011: Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) Award for best non fiction in English.
  • 2013: Third Higher Education Commission of Pakistan Outstanding Research Awards, winner for Best Book Publication The Culture of Power and Governance of Pakistan, 1947-2008 in Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, for 2010.[9]
  • 2016: Fifth Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Outstanding Research awards, winner for Best Book Publication Old World Empires: Cultures of Power and Governance in Eurasia', in Social Sciences, for 2013-14.[10]

Books

  • An Inquiry into the Culture of Power of the Subcontinent Alhamara 2006.
  • The Culture of Power and Governance of Pakistan (1947-2008), Karachi: Oxford University Press 2010 ISBN 978-0-19-547731-3, ISBN 0-19-547731-6 (Winner of KLF Award)
  • Old World Empires: Cultures of Power and Governance in Eurasia, New York: Routledge, 2014 & Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2014.

For a review of Ilhan Niaz's The Culture of Power and Governance of Pakistan, 1947-2008 see:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/20/bureaucrats-made-to-order.html

https://web.archive.org/web/20120314113127/http://razarumi.com/2011/07/26/regressive-governance/

References

  1. ^ [1][permanent dead link] Official KLF website. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  2. ^ Resume under Faculty Department of History, QU Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  3. ^ Niaz, Ilhan. "Pakistan's Brief Case Warriors". CFR and Foreign Affairs. Retrieved August 26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415725972/
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-12. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  6. ^ http://www.dawn.com/news/1156167/review-old-world-empires-by-ilhan-niaz
  7. ^ Faculty Department of History, QU Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  8. ^ Book Amazon Canada Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  9. ^ Correspondent, Our. "Recognition: Twin cities' teachers bag 12 out of 33 awards for research". Express Tribune. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  10. ^ https://oup.com.pk/media/pages/pressrelease/2016pr8.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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