The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan

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

By Neamatollah Nojumi
Palgrave Macmillan, Hardcover, 9780312294021, 272pp.

Publication Date: January 2002

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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.

About the Author
Neamatollah Nojumi was a participant in the Mujahideen fight against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He is speaks frequently on the politics of Afghanistan and has appeared on ABC's Nightline and NBC's Dateline.

Praise For The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan

" important contribution to our understanding of the globalization of terror, especially its roots in the Afghanistan experience."--Asian Affairs
"...provides a context for understanding events that have swept the country in the past couple months..." -- Kirkus Reviews
"...timely and authentic...[with] details unavailable elsewhere..."---Choice

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