Tahir Amin

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Tahir Amin
Native name طاہر امین
Born (1952-03-13) 13 March 1952 (age 65)
Nationality Pakistani
Title Vice Chancellor
Academic background
Education Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Carleton University
Quaid-i-Azam University
Academic work
Discipline Political scientist
Sub discipline Politics of South Asia
Institutions Bahauddin Zakariya University
Women University Multan
University of Cambridge
Quaid-i-Azam University

Tahir Amin (Urdu: طاہر امین‎, born 13 March 1952) is a Pakistani political scientist[1] who serves as the Vice Chancellor of Bahauddin Zakariya University, in Multan, Pakistan.[2][3][4] Amin also holds additional charge of the Vice Chancellor of Women University Multan.[5]

Previously, he was the Iqbal Chair at the Centre for International Studies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (c.1997-2001, succeeding Akbar S. Ahmed, followed by Tahir Kamran). He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1988), a Masters in International Relations from Carleton University, Canada (1978), and a B.A. in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University (1976). He received a King Faisal Scholarship to study at MIT, and a Fulbright Award at Harvard University (1992), where he worked on a research project on "Reactions of the Non-Western world to the Thesis of the Clash of Civilizations by Samuel Huntington." He was a visiting Fellow at the Watson Institute of International Studies, Brown University, Providence, USA (1996), and at the Center for International Affairs (CFIA) at Harvard University.

Amin has also served as a Member of the Board of Governors at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, at the National Institute of History Commission, and at the Area Study Center for North America and Africa, all at Quaid-i-Azam University.

His research focuses on questions of world order, Pakistan's foreign relations, domestic politics of Pakistan, Kashmir, terrorism, and the politics of South and Central Asia.

Research and publications[edit]

Books and monographs[edit]

Published monographs include:

Scholarly articles[edit]

He has written more than two dozen peer-reviewed articles or chapters, including:

  • "Kashmir Question" in The Different Aspects of Islamic Culture Vol. VI: Islam in World Today (Paris: UNESCO, 2012);
  • "1977 Coup D’etat in Pakistan" in Pakistan Journal of History and Culture Vol.XXV111 No 2 (July-Dec.2007);
  • "Developments of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: A Case Study on Recognition of Taliban" (Lahore: Pildat, 2004);
  • "The Plebiscite Option in Kashmir: A Reappraisal" in The Kashmir Imbroglio: Looking Towards the Future Islamabad (Islamabad Policy Research Institute, 2005);
  • "Pakistan and the Islamic World Order" in Pakistan After 9/11: The Turn Around (Institute of Strategic Studies and Wolfson College Cambridge, 2005);
  • "Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: An Evaluation", National Development and Security (Autumn 2003);
  • "Changing Global and Regional Scenario and Pakistan", National Development and Security (Spring 2003);
  • "Indian Approach towards the Kashmir Dispute", in K.F. Yousaf (ed). Perspectives on Kashmir (Islamabad: 1994); ‘Kargil Crisis in Kashmir’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs (Spring/Summer 2000);
  • "Pakistan and the Central Asian States," in Myron Weiner, et al. The New Geopolitics of Central Asia and its Border Lands (Bloomington: Indiana University Press 1994);
  • "Kashmir," in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam (London: Oxford University Press 1996); "Accommodation Across Cultures: Towards a Peaceful World Order," Strategic Studies (Winter 1996);
  • "Pakistan in 1994: Politics of Confrontation," Asian Survey (February 1995); "Pakistan in 1993: Some Dramatic Changes," Asian Survey (February 1994);
  • "Changing World Order and Pakistan," Strategic Perspectives, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Summer 1991); "Moscow’s Kabul Connection: Lesson for Asian Countries," Strategic Studies (Fall 1982); "Two Years of Afghan Resistance" Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. VII, no 1 & 2;
  • "Pakistan-United States Aid Deal: A Pakistan Perspective," Pakistan Journal of American Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1 (March 1984);
  • "Iran: Political Economy of an Islamic State," American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (Washington, DC July 1985); and "Afghan Resistance: Past, Present and Future," Asian Survey (April 1984).


Scholar Reeta Tremblay from Concordia University notes in a scholarly review of Mass Resistance in Kashmir, that despite a claim to following a "social-scientific method", the book suffers from nationalist bias with arguments and counterarguments supported by "conjectural and emotional analysis". She also finds it most worrisome that Amin paints the Kashmir resistance movement as fundamentally Islamic, seeking Kashmir's integration with Pakistan. She also finds Amin arguing that Pakistan must actively support the resistance by offering military assistance, orchestrate economic sanctions against India and shape the resistance into a modern guerrilla warfare "capable of inflicting lethal blows to the Indian army". The history of Kashmir is presented as a Muslim history without any attention to the alternative versions of history by the Kashmiri Pandits. In examining the causes of the movement, she notes that Amin takes no account of the military training of the militants by the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan and other groups in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. She finds Amin's claim that the mobilisation of Kashmiris was achieved "in the name of Islam" rather than that of nationalism, as being flawed and unsubstantiated.[6]


  1. ^ "Cloud of doubt hangs over Pakistan vote". Ottawa Citizen. 16 February 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Ahmad, Shakeel (30 May 2017). "HED, BZU working leaves a lot to be desired". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Ahmed, Hassaan (12 January 2017). "LHC confirms appointments of seven VCs". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "VC wants to make BZU top-tier varsity". Express Tribune. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Shah, Nadeem (22 August 2017). "BZU VC absent without leave since Aug 2". The News International. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  6. ^ Tremblay, Reeta C. (Autumn 1996), "Mass Resistance in Kashmir: Origins, Evolution, Options. by Tahir Amin", Pacific Affairs, 69 (3): 438–439, JSTOR 2760955