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Religion, State and Society in Pakistan - Searching for Identity in an ex-Colonial State and Elite Circulation: The 2nd Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture by Ayesha Siddiqa

Lecture | October 26 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room (315)

Ayesha Siddiqa, Independent political and defence analyst

Janaki Bakhle, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, The Pakistani Students Association at Cal

ISAS and Pakistan@Berkeley-- a campaign to broaden and deepen Pakistan related research, teaching and programming at UC Berkeley, are proud to announce the second "Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture," a lecture series on contemporary Pakistan, by famed Pakistani military analyst, author and political commentator.

The inaugural lecture in this series was delivered in 2013 by Asma Jahangir

Ayesha Siddiqa is a civilian military analyst, author and political commentator from Pakistan.

Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa is a graduate of King's College London where she did her PhD in War studies in 1996. She has written extensively on Pakistan military and her research has covered issues varying from Pakistan military's covert development on military technology, defensive game theory, nuclear deterrence, arms procurement, arms production to civil-military relations in Pakistan.

Siddiqa has been a civil servant for 11 years during which she was asked to work as the Director of Naval Research with Pakistan Navy making her the first civilian and a woman to work at that position in Pakistan's defense establishment. She also worked as a Deputy Director in audit Defence Services Lahore Cantt.

She was the "Pakistan Scholar" at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at Washington, D.C. for 2004-05.

Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa has authored books which include, Pakistan's Arms Procurement and Military Buildup, 1979-99: In Search of a Policy (Palgrave Press, 2001) and Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy (Pluto Press, 2007). She is a regular op-ed contributor for Express Tribune. She has previously written for the pages of Dawn and Daily Times. She previously served as professor of Military Science at the Johns Hopkins University.

Click to read Ayesha Siddiqa's blog, Diary of a Politically Incorrect Vagabond.

The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture on Pakistan is named in honor of one of the leading figures in the history of the Habib family. In addition to successfully guiding the Habib family’s transition from India to Pakistan following independence in 1947, Mahomedali Habib laid the foundations for the House of Habib, a group of powerful business and financial companies. The group has a long-standing history of philanthropy and social service and is currently leading the establishment of Habib University, a liberal arts and sciences university, in Pakistan which aims to bridge the gap between global academia and Pakistan. Toward honoring the legacy of Mahomedali Habib – who was distinguished by his love for Pakistan and his deep commitment to education and philanthropy – the Habib family has decided to endow an annual lecture series in his name. Through this lecture series the Habib family aims to improve and diversify conversations about Pakistan in the United States as well as create opportunities for US and Pakistan-based scholars to dialogue.

This event is presented under the aegis of the Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

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