In recent years, countless politicians and commentators have been addressing the Quran in an attempt to understand the rise
of Muslim extremist ideology. They have missed the point: the most significant factor in this phenomenon is to be found within
the particular circumstances of individual nation-states. Islam as a static global and temporal entity is a myth. The reality
reflects a wide variety of experience founded on the co-mingling of religion, cultural and national and international politics.
It is inside this individual complexity that battle-lines have been drawn and the fight waged within Islam itself, often largely
unremarked upon by the world outside. Through a consideration of the case of Pakistan, this volume seeks to place the recent
surge in extremist Islam within the framework of the nation-state, and to sharpen those dangerously blurred distinctions between
the Merely Offended and the Violently Offended in the course of examining the causes of offence.