Fundamentalism Reborn?: Afghanistan and the Taliban

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William Maley
NYU Press, Mar 1, 1998 - History - 253 pages
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In 1996, the world watched with varying degrees of interest, surprise, and unease as armed, ultra- fundamentalist insurgents overthrew the Afghan government. Within days of their victory, the Taliban, a militant Islamic sect, were issuing draconian religious decrees, restricting women's employment and movement, rounding up Afghans at gunpoint to pray five times a day, and publicly executing political opponents and criminals.

Composed of essays commissioned from the foremost experts on the Taliban, this anthology traces the movement's origins, its ascendance, the reasons for its success, and its role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Crucial to the Taliban's staying power as a governing force will be its relations with neighboring countries and with the West. Interestingly, given their intense hatred of Iran, the Taliban were enthusiastically supported by the U.S. government up to the very moment of their triumphant arrival in Kabul.

Examining yet another country on the brink of ethnic disintegration, Fundamentalism Reborn? is a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the history, rise to power, and future of the most dramatic manifestation of Islamic fundamentalism since the Iranian revolution.

  

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Contents

The Rise of the Taliban
24
How the Taliban became a military force
43
Pakistan and the Taliban Ahmed Rashid
72
The United States and the Taliban Richard Mackenzie
90
Russia Central Asia and the Taliban Anthony Hyman
104
Saudi Arabia Iran and the conflict in Afghanistan
117
The Taliban and the Reconstruction of Afghanistan
135
Afghan women under the Taliban
145
Is Afghanistan on the brink of ethnic and tribal
167
Doing its best
182
Has Islamism a future in Afghanistan? Olivier Roy
199
The future of the state and the structure of community
212
Index
243
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William Maley is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of New South Wales.

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