Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia

Large Print - 2000
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The most extreme and radical of all Islamic organizations, the Taliban, inspires controversy and especially fear in both the Muslim world and the West. Rashid explains how the growth of Taliban power has created severe instability in Russia, Iran, Pakistan, and 5 Central Asian republics. He describes the Taliban's role as a major player in a new "Great Game" -- competition among Western countries and co's. to build oil and gas pipelines from Central Asia to Western and Asian markets. Discusses the controversial changes in American attitudes toward the Taliban -- from early support to bombings of Osama Bin Laden's hideaway and other Taliban-protected terrorist bases -- and how they have influenced the stability of the region. Prologue updates events through 9/11.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike : 2000
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780786239900
Branch Call Number: LGP958.1 R183t
Characteristics: 613p


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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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