Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia

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Shrouding themselves and their aims in deepest secrecy, the leaders of the Taliban movement control Afghanistan with an inflexible, crushing fundamentalism. The most extreme and radical of all Islamic organizations, the Taliban inspires fascination, controversy, and especially fear in both the Muslim world and the West. Correspondent Ahmed Rashid brings the shadowy world of the Taliban into sharp focus in this enormously interesting and revealing book. It is the only authoritative account of the Taliban and modern day Afghanistan available to English language readers. Based on his experiences as a journalist covering the civil war in Afghanistan for twenty years, traveling and living with the Taliban, and interviewing most of the Taliban leaders since their emergence to power in 1994, Rashid offers unparalleled firsthand information. He explains how the growth of Taliban power has already created severe instability in Russia, Iran, Pakistan, and five Central Asian republics. He describes the Taliban7;s role as a major player in a new 0;Great Game1;2;a competition among Western countries and companies to build oil and gas pipelines from Central Asia to Western and Asian markets. The author also discusses the controversial changes in American attitudes toward the Taliban2;from early support to recent bombings of Osama Bin Laden7;s hideaway and other Taliban-protected terrorist bases2;and how they have influenced the stability of the region.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2000
ISBN: 9780300083408
Branch Call Number: 958.104 RAS
Characteristics: xi, 274 p. :,maps ;,23 cm


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Jun 10, 2016

Excellent resource for understanding the geopolitical forces influencing Afghanistan.

Published in 2000-2001, prior to the Sept 11th attacks and the advent of ISIS, the author exhibits uncanny foresight into the repercussions of conflict in the region.

Oct 31, 2009

A very detailed book that gives a non-partisan view of the historical and geo-political analysis of the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Helps to dispel many of the popular myths surrounding the movement and gives the reader a very good grounding in all the major factions and players in this world drama that is afflicting the country and the region.

A must read for anyone who is serious about their desire to truly begin to understand the complexities of the region and the conflicts there.

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