| The Clash
of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity by Tariq Ali
is available now in Urdu translation (Buniadparastion ka tasadum).
In this important book, Tariq Ali puts the events of September
11 into historical perspective. Already translated in almost a
dozen languages, this wide-ranging book blends history, literature,
politics and autobiography to challenge the conformist culture
of our times.
Published by Jeddojuhd Publications, the book will be available
across the country at major book stores. A copy can be ordered
by writing to:
40 Abbot Road Lahore
About Tariq Ali
Tariq was born in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1943. Later at Government
College Lahore, Tariq Ali was elected President of the Young Students'
Union. He organised public demonstrations against Pakistan's military
dictatorship and had to go in exile. He came to Britain and studied
Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Exeter College, Oxford.
Joining the University Labour Club, he was a committed member
of its Socialist Group before becoming President of the Oxford
Union in 1965. With the Vietnam war at its height, Tariq Ali earned
a national reputation through debates with figures like Henry
Kissinger. After one of these was televised in the United States,
the actor Marlon Brando invited Tariq to dinner.
He became a leader of the International Marxist Group (IMG).
Tariq Ali quit the IMG later and since has devoted himself to
writing books, newspaper articles and polemical commentary on
social and political matters. Still a radical, he has remained
at the forefront of anti-war campaigns. Conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan
and Serbia have all led Tariq to speak out.
Tariq Ali is a longstanding editor of New Left Review and has
written more than a dozen books on history and politics. He also
has been working on two sets of novels. Three novels of the "Islamic
Quintet" have been published by Verso: Shadows of the Pomegranate
Tree, The Book of Saladin, and The Stone Woman. They portray Islamic
civilization in a way that he says "run counter to the standard
views." His "Fall of Communism" trilogy has seen
the publication of Redemption and Fear of Mirrors.
He is also a noted broadcaster, reassessing the developing world
on Channel Four's Bandung File and collaborating on stage plays
with Howard Brenton and on a film about the philosopher Wittgenstein
with the late Derek Jarma.