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The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan : Mass Mobilization, Civil War, and the Future of the Region - Neamatollah Nojumi

The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan

Mass Mobilization, Civil War, and the Future of the Region

Hardcover Published: 23rd January 2002
ISBN: 9780312294021
Number Of Pages: 260

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On September 11, 2001, the world looked in horror at one of the most nefarious acts of terrorism in history. Neamatollah Nojumi explains how Afghanistan became the base for radical fundamentalism and provides critical understanding of how internal divisions and the devastating effects of foreign involvement undermined the resilience of Afghanistan's communities, led to the rise of the Taliban, and now presents a unique challenge to international efforts at nation building. As the cycle of yesterday's allies becoming today's enemies turns once again, The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan provides crucial insight into the tangled interaction of domestic, regional, and international politics that have bedeviled outsiders, plagued Afghans, and that threaten, absent judgement based on insight, to be a quagmire for the United States in the years ahead. This is essential reading in our troubled times.

'The Rise of the Taliban is indispensable reading for people wishing to understand Afghanistan's socio-economic landscape and bloody history since the 1979 Soviet invasion. Nojumi is ideally positioned to provide the context critical to understanding the obstacles and opportunities ahead in achieving peace for Afghanistan.' - Ambassador Peter Thomsen, former Special Envoy to the Afghan Resistance



'Woven into this history of abortive state-building is the constant of multifacted outside intervention...' - Foreign Affairs



'This book is essential reading for anyone curious about the Taliban's presence in Afghanistan.' - Toronto Globe & Mail



'...an important contribution to our understanding of the globalization of terror, especially its roots in the Afghanistan experience.' - Asian Affairs



'...timely and authentic...[with] details unavailable elsewhere...' - Choice



'The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan contains some valuable information and interpretations concerning recent events in Afghanistan.' - M. E. Yapp, Times Literary Supplement



'This book provides a comprehensive historical account and an interesting analysis of Afghanistan's political developments since the 1970s.' - ECPR Newsletter

Chronology of Eventsp. iv
List of Definitions and Abbreviationsp. v
Introductionp. ix
Historical Backgroundp. 1
The Theory of Mass Mobilizationp. 11
Traditional Political Systemp. 28
The Democratic Republic of Afghanistanp. 41
The Phenomena of Civil War in Afghanistanp. 60
Zonal Division of Afghanistanp. 78
The Afghan Mujahideen and Mass Mobilizationp. 83
The First Phase of Civil Warp. 95
The Formation of a Third Movementp. 105
Missing the Only Chancep. 110
The Rise of the Talibanp. 117
The Source of Taliban Forces in Afghanistanp. 125
Taliban Tactics and Strategiesp. 134
The Political Ideology of the Talibanp. 152
The Taliban Advance toward Mazar-e-Sharifp. 158
The Road into the Futurep. 171
Afghanistan in the International Systemp. 182
Conclusionp. 206
Epilogue: The Afghan Connection to September 11p. 220
Notesp. 232
Bibliographyp. 248
Indexp. 252
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ISBN: 9780312294021
ISBN-10: 0312294026
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 23rd January 2002
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1