Fundamentalism Reborn?: Afghanistan and the Taliban

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"A dozen experts provide a coherent picture of the Taliban and the Great Game. . . . They discuss the emergence of the Taliban, their military development, the civil war, and their relations with foreign powers. Several of the authors conclusively demonstrate that the Taliban(and their organized opposition) are the creatures of external powers.... Richard Mackenzie provides a devastating summary of the ineptitute with which U.S. policies have been conducted . . . the volume makes it all too clear that outside powers will determine Afghanistan's

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Overview

"A dozen experts provide a coherent picture of the Taliban and the Great Game. . . . They discuss the emergence of the Taliban, their military development, the civil war, and their relations with foreign powers. Several of the authors conclusively demonstrate that the Taliban(and their organized opposition) are the creatures of external powers.... Richard Mackenzie provides a devastating summary of the ineptitute with which U.S. policies have been conducted . . . the volume makes it all too clear that outside powers will determine Afghanistan's fate."
--Middle East Quarterly

"A useful analysis of the Taliban and politics and society in Afghanistan today. The four chapters on the intensive foreign involvement--by Pakistan, the United States, Russian, the Central Asian republics, Saudi Arabia, and Iran--show that the venerable "great game" once played between Britain and czarist Russia now has multiple players."
--Foreign Affairs

"A fascinating and thorough analysis of the very complex political/military situation that evolved in Afghanistan follwing the demise of the Soviet puppet regime in 1992. This volume also provides an insightful study of the rise of a new form of puritanical Islamic fundamentalism that overran Kabul in September 1996--namely, the Taliban, and its impact on Afghan society. . . . Highly recommended."
--Choice

"[It] is an important collection of essays by leading experts on Afghanistan and the Taliban...an invaluable academic resource for anyone seeking to understand how the Taliban came to rule and "ruin" Afghanistan."
Washington Times

In 1996, the world watched with varying degrees of interest, surprise, and unease as armed,ultra- fundamentalist insurgents overthrew the Afghan government. Within days of their victory, the Taliban, a militant Islamic sect, were issuing draconian religious decrees, restricting women's employment and movement, rounding up Afghans at gunpoint to pray five times a day, and publicly executing political opponents and criminals.

Composed of essays commissioned from the foremost experts on the Taliban, this anthology traces the movement's origins, its ascendance, the reasons for its success, and its role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Crucial to the Taliban's staying power as a governing force will be its relations with neighboring countries and with the West. Interestingly, given their intense hatred of Iran, the Taliban were enthusiastically supported by the U.S. government up to the very moment of their triumphant arrival in Kabul.

Examining yet another country on the brink of ethnic disintegration, Fundamentalism Reborn? is a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the history, rise to power, and future of the most dramatic manifestation of Islamic fundamentalism since the Iranian revolution.


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An examination of the fundamentalist religious group that took over Afghanistan in September 1996. The 13 contributions discuss the Rabbani government (1992-1996), how the Taliban became a military force, the Taliban's relationship to Afghanistan's neighbors and the US, Afghan women under the Taliban, the UN in Afghanistan, and the future of the state and the structure of community governance in Afghanistan. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850653608
  • Publisher: Vanguard Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 253

Meet the Author

William Maley is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of New South Wales.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
The Authors
Map of Afghanistan
Introduction: Interpreting the Taliban 1
The Rabbani Government, 1992-1996 29
How the Taliban became a military force 43
Pakistan and the Taliban 72
The United States and the Taliban 90
Russia, Central Asia and the Taliban 104
Saudi Arabia, Iran and the conflict in Afghanistan 117
Dilemmas of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan 135
Afghan women under the Taliban 145
Is Afghanistan on the brink of ethnic and tribal disintegration? 167
The UN in Afghanistan: 'Doing its best' or 'Failure of a Mission'? 182
Has Islamism a future in Afghanistan? 199
The future of the state and the structure of community governance in Afghanistan 212
Index 243
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