Taliban; Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Second Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/13/2010
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

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Correspondent Ahmed Rashid brings the shadowy world of the Taliban the world’s most extreme and radical Islamic organization into sharp focus in this enormously insightful book. He offers the only authoritative account of the Taliban available to English language readers, explaining the Taliban’s rise to power, its impact on Afghanistan and the region, its role in oil and gas company decisions, and the effects of changing American attitudes toward the Taliban. He also describes the new face of Islamic fundamentalism and explains why Afghanistan has become the world center for international terrorism.

New to this updated edition of the #1 New York Times Bestseller with more than 1.5 million copies sold worldwide:

-How the Taliban has regained its strength

-How and why the Taliban has spread across Central Asia

-How the Taliban has helped Al’Qaida’s spread into Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East

-Why the Afghan people feel the United States is losing the war

- A major new introduction and an all-new final chapter

“A valuable and informative work.”-Richard Bernstein, New York Times on the first edition Richard Bernstein New York Times

“Virtually the only informed work on the men who, since 1994, have ruled almost all of Afghanistan An indispensable book.”-Steve Wasserman, Los Angeles Times Book Review on the first edition Steve Wasserman Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Rashid is Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter.”-Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair Christopher Hitchens Vanity Fair

“The standard work in English on the Taliban.”-Christopher de Bellaigue, New York Review of Books on the first edition Christopher de Bellaigue New York Review of Books

Author Biography

Called “Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter” by Christopher Hitchens in Vanity Fair, Ahmed Rashid was a correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review for more than twenty years, covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, and central Asia. He now writes for BBC Online, the Washington Post, El Mundo, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Review of Books, and other foreign and Pakistani newspapers. He has been covering the wars in Afghanistan, as well as the wars in Pakistan and Tajikistan, since 1979. He is the author of Descent into Chaos and Jihad.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Preface and Acknowledgements to the First Editionp. xiii
Mapsp. xix
Introduction: Afghanistan's Holy Warriorsp. 1
History of the Taliban Movement
Kandahar 1994: The Origins of the Talibanp. 17
Herat 1995: God's Invincible Soldiersp. 31
Kabul 1996: Commander of the Faithfulp. 41
Mazar-e-Sharif 1997: Massacre in the Northp. 55
Bamiyan 1998–99: The Never-Ending Warp. 67
Islam and the Taliban
Challenging Islam: The New-Style Fundamentalism of the Talibanp. 82
Secret Society: The Taliban's Political and Military Organizationp. 95
A Vanished Gender: Women, Children and Taliban Culturep. 105
High on Heroin: Drugs and the Taliban Economyp. 117
Global Jihad: The Arab-Afghans and Osama Bin Ladenp. 128
The New Great Game
Dictators and Oil Barons: The Taliban and Central Asia, Russia, Turkey and Israelp. 143
Romancing the Taliban 1: The Battle for Pipelines 1994–96p. 157
Romancing the Taliban 2: The Battle for Pipelines 1997–99 – The USA and the Talibanp. 170
Master or Victim: Pakistan's Afghan Warp. 183
Shia Versus Sunni: Iran and Saudi Arabiap. 196
Conclusion: The Future of Afghanistanp. 207
The Taliban Resurgent 2000-2009p. 217
Appendicesp. 247
Notesp. 287
Indexp. 305
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A Must Read! July 8, 2011
This is an extremely informative as well as extremely well documented study of the rise of Taliban. Written by a Pakistani journalist who is familiar with Afghanistan and the realities of living in a harsh terrain, the history of the country and culture, the book is both engaging and enlightening. This textbook answered many questions I had regarding the complex infrastructure of the region and its players. He understands power politics, I recommend this textbook highly. I recommend this seller for more items. Seller was reliable and shipped product quickly.
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