Benazir Bhutto

ISBN 9780199401727
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The book is devoted to the life and work of Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (1953–2007), the first female head of a Muslim state. In the late twentieth century, women leaders came to power in a number of states with predominant Muslim populations (Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Turkey). This destroyed the gender stereotype of traditional Muslim society and promoted its modernization and democratization.

Benazir Bhutto: A Multidimensional Portrait, makes an all-round study of this phenomenon of international politics, which has deep historical and cultural roots. She has been recognized the world over as a fearless fighter against dictatorship and extremism and a staunch supporter of peaceful dialogue between Islam and the West. The charismatic personality and tragic fate of Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007 while campaigning for General Elections, are narrated against the backdrop of the story of the powerful political Bhutto family to which Benazir belonged, and contemporary political and social life in Pakistan. The narrative is written in close conjunction with the lives of other well-known South Asian politicians. The book is based on Bhutto's own books, articles, and speeches—and on the author's interviews with her close friends and colleagues.