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The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan

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

Palgrave Macmillan

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Historical Background

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 1-10
  3. The Theory of Mass Mobilization

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 11-27
  4. Traditional Political System

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 28-40
  5. The Democratic Republic of Afghanistan

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 41-59
  6. The Phenomena of Civil War in Afghanistan

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 60-77
  7. Zonal Division of Afghanistan

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 78-82
  8. The Afghan Mujahideen and Mass Mobilization

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 83-94
  9. The First Phase of Civil War

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 95-104
  10. The Formation of a Third Movement

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 105-109
  11. Missing the Only Chance

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 110-116
  12. The Rise of the Taliban

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 117-124
  13. The Source of Taliban Forces in Afghanistan

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 125-133
  14. Taliban Tactics and Strategies

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 134-151
  15. The Political Ideology of the Taliban

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 152-157
  16. The Taliban Advance toward Mazar-e-Sharif

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 158-170
  17. The Road into the Future

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 171-181
  18. Afghanistan in the International System

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 182-205
  19. Conclusion

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 206-219
  20. Epilogue: The Afghan Connection to September 11

    • Neamatollah Nojumi
    Pages 220-231

About this book

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.

Keywords

  • Afghanistan
  • communism
  • Historical Background
  • Islam
  • Political Parties
  • reforms
  • society
  • Tradition
  • violence

Reviews

'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

About the author

NEAMATOLLAH NOJUMI, who was raised in Afghanistan, was a participant in the Mujahideen fight against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. A frequent speaker on the politics of Afghanistan, he has appeared on or consulted with major television news shows. He is currently at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, MA.

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Buying options

eBook USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-0-312-29910-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 74.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 170.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)