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Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Second… (original 2000; edition 2010)

by Ahmed Rashid

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Title:Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Second Edition
Authors:Ahmed Rashid
Info:Yale University Press (2010), Edition: 2, Paperback, 344 pages
Collections:Books read in 2010

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Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid (2000)


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Comprehensive and dry at times. It reads like a history book. It IS a history book, as well as a great reference for Afghan political history up until circa 2000. ( )
  Sandydog1 | Jan 19, 2019 |
Se ritenete che le informazioni che leggete sui giornali o sentite ai telegiornali sui talebani, l'Afghanistan e la regione circostante non siano sufficienti (e non lo sono), allora leggete questo libro. E' fatto bene, esauriente nella descrizione della nascita del movimento talebano, le cause che lo hanno favorito, guerre civili, tensioni sociali ed economiche, influenze sinistre di tutti i paesi confinanti, soprattutto il Pachistan. Poi la sottovalutazione, se non menefreghismo delle potenze occidentali del problema talebano fino ai noti disastri degli attacchi alle ambasciate USA in Africa e l'attacco alle torri gemelle. Fino ai giorni nostri, i sviluppi, il contagio talebano che sta colpendo i paesi contro asiatici e Pachistan facendo temere un futuro ancor più pessimista.
A cooredo del libro ci sono 3 appendici: una riguardante un esmpio di decreto talebano sulle donne e su altre questioni culturasli; una riguarda la struttura dell'allora governo talebano e l'ultima riguarda Il nuovo grande gioco, praticamente la corsa delle compagnie petrolifere occidentali per mettere le mani sul petrolio e gas della regione.
L'analisi di Ahmed Rashid arriva fino al 2009 quando il libro va alle stampe, pertanto non è ancora avvenuta l'uccisione di Osama Bin Laden, ma questo non toglie nulla all'attualità e all'autorevolezza del libro.
Ne consiglio vivamenta la lettura per non correre il rischio di parlare di cose che non si conoscono o di prendere per oro colato le tesi altrui. ( )
  Maistrack | May 28, 2016 |
An excellent summary of the Taliban and the ethnic and sectarian struggle in Afghanistan. Rashid's analysis in the last chapter is insightful but pre-dates the coalition invasion. The supplement to the last chapter which lists the rules governing women issued by the Taliban following their conquest of Kabul is chillingly Orwellian. ( )
  Qatarjj | Dec 21, 2015 |
Basic overview of the Taliban but best on documenting the oil interests in the region.
  gmicksmith | Dec 31, 2012 |
Islamic fundamentalism – Afghanistan.
Islam and state – Afghanistan.
Islam and politics – Afghanistan.
Afghanistan – Politics and government – 1973-1989.
Afghanistan – Politics and government – 1989-2001.
Afghanistan – Politics and government – 2001-
  M.afzal | Oct 13, 2012 |
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Ahmed Rashid examines the rise of militant Islamic movements in the newly independent states of former Soviet Central Asia. The post-Soviet regimes of the region blame this phenomenon on outside support from the Taliban, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Muslim world. Rashid disagrees, arguing strongly that the repressive nature of these regimes, combined with their inability - even unwillingness - to foster economic development, has provided a breeding ground for militant Islamic movements. It is an argument the regimes and their supporters, including the United States, would do well to heed.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0300089023, Paperback)

This is the single best book available on the Taliban, the fundamentalist Islamic regime in Afghanistan responsible for harboring the terrorist Osama bin Laden. Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist who has spent most of his career reporting on the region--he has personally met and interviewed many of the Taliban's shadowy leaders. Taliban was written and published before the massacres of September 11, 2001, yet it is essential reading for anyone who hopes to understand the aftermath of that black day. It includes details on how and why the Taliban came to power, the government's oppression of ordinary citizens (especially women), the heroin trade, oil intrigue, and--in a vitally relevant chapter--bin Laden's sinister rise to power. These pages contain stories of mass slaughter, beheadings, and the Taliban's crushing war against freedom: under Mullah Omar, it has banned everything from kite flying to singing and dancing at weddings. Rashid is for the most part an objective reporter, though his rage sometimes (and understandably) comes to the surface: "The Taliban were right, their interpretation of Islam was right, and everything else was wrong and an expression of human weakness and a lack of piety," he notes with sarcasm. He has produced a compelling portrait of modern evil. --John Miller

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Rashid brings the shadowy world of the Taliban into sharp focus. He explains its 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.

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3 editions of this book were published by Yale University Press.

Editions: 0300089023, 0300083408, 0300163681

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