Publisher’s description: Most contemporary journalistic and scholarly accounts of the instability gripping Afghanistan and Pakistan have argued that violent Islamic extremism, including support for the Taliban and related groups, is[…]
Publisher’s description Intrastate conflicts, such as civil wars and ethnic confrontations, are the predominant form of organized violence in the world today. But internal strife can destabilize entire regions, drawing[…]
Publisher’s description: In conflict zones around the world, the phenomenon of foreign insurgents fighting on behalf of local rebel groups is a common occurrence. They have been an increasing source[…]
Focusing on developments in South Waziristan and arguing that there the Taliban is a movement of the young, poor, and those belonging to minor lineages or powerless tribes against tribal elders, the Political Agent appointed by the Government of Pakistan, and also against the so-called â€œmafia of maliks, transporters and traffickersâ€.
Extends the argument that in order to understand the Taliban we need to go beyond the stereotyped images of Pashtun exceptionalism and Islamic fanaticism to look at socio-economic class and imperialism.
Argues that Afghanistan’s troubles arise from the continuing existence of what are in many respects incompatible cultural principles that generate moral contradictions which make it difficult for the modern nation-state to take root there.
A biography on one of the key theorists of jihad, Abu Mus’ab Al-Suri.
With so much interest in the relevance of the Deobandi school in contributing to the ideology of the Afghan resistance and, later, Taliban movements, this study is essential reading for anyone seeking to know more about the intellectual antecedents of both.
One of the most important works in this area, this book explores the resistance movement against the PDPA and Soviet invasion and roots it in the traditions, theology and culture of the region.
This book explores the relationship between religion, tribe and state in Afghanistan.