Taliban: The Power of Militant Islam in Afghanistan and Beyond

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I. B. Tauris, 2010 - Afghanistan - 319 pages
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Afghanistan's position as a crossroads in Central Asia made it part of the 19th-century Great Game of imperialism and brings it to international strategic prominence once again. Rashid is a correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review who has covered Afghanistan's changing fortunes since the 1978 Soviet invasion. In his second book, he covers the origin and rise of the Taliban, its concepts of Islam on questions of gender roles and drugs, and the importance of the country to the development of energy resources in the region. His account of the Taliban's origins among the Pashtun refugees in Pakistani camps and their minimal education in Koranic schools from poorly educated teachers explains their lack of knowledge of the history and culture of their own country and of what it means to govern. The failed state that is now Afghanistan threatens to destabilize its neighbors by exporting both drugs and extremist views. Unlike Peter Marsden's Taliban: War Religion and the New Order in Afghanistan (Oxford Univ., 1998), this new work emphasizes the international implications of the Taliban and its government. A lucid and thoroughly researched account, it is recommended for academic and most public libraries. -Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York

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Review: Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia

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A really informative history of the Taliban movement and how short-sighted, selfish thinking by Iran, Central Asian nations and particularly Pakistan and the US has allowed the Taliban to spread. What ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anna - Goodreads

If you are curious about Afghanistan, read The Places In Between or Ghost Wars, both of which are informative page-turners. This one reads more like something to memorize for a state department test. Here's what I learned, in a nutshell. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Pakistani journalist and bestselling author Ahmed Rashid was born in Rawalpindi in 1948. He was educated at Malvern College in England, Government College in Lahore, and Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge. He works as a correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and the Daily Telegraph and writes for the Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and academic journals. His titles include Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia, and Descent into Chaos.

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