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Pakistan
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Pakistan became an independent state on August 14, 1947. The idea of a Muslim area in the northwest of the subcontinent was first suggested and supported by Muhammad Iqbāl (1877–1938), the poet-philosopher of Indian Muslims, at the annual gathering of the All India Muslim League in Allahabad on December 30, 1930.

1. History

Muslims (Islam) came to India in 711 and took over the lower Indus Valley up to Multan (now southern Pakistan). By 800 a second wave came and, from Ghaznī in present-day Afghanistan, se…

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Schimmel, Annemarie and Editors, the, “Pakistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 14 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.5>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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