The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan

The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan

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

Book - 2002
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McMillan Palgrave
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.

Book News
Nojumi, a former Mujahideen fighter against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, explores the domestic and international social, political, and economic forces that have played out in Afghanistan between 1978 and 2000. The theory of mass mobilization is central to his analysis that neither the Soviet-backed People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan nor Afghan Mujahideen leaders were able to form a political institution that represented the national interest of the Afghan people. Although Nojumi condemns the ideology of the Taliban, he argues that the Taliban understood the social and ethnic realities of the region and were able to capitalize on the decade of chaotic civil war. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

This book describes the turbulent political history of Afghanistan from the communist upheaval of the 1970s through to the aftermath of the events of 11 September 2001. It reviews the importance of the region to external powers and explains why warfare and instability have been endemic. The author analyses in detail the birth of the Taliban and the bloody rise to power of fanatic Islamists, including Osama bin Laden, in the power vacuum following the withdrawal of US aid. Looking forward, Nojumi explores the ongoing quest for a third political movement in Afghanistan - an alternative to radical communists or fanatical Islamists and suggests the support that will be neccessary from the international community in order for such a movement to survive.

Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312295844
Characteristics: xii, 260 p. ; 24 cm


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