In late 1994, a new force unexpectedly emerged in the politics of war-ravaged Afghanistan?the Taliban. This was ostensibly a movement of religious students, inspired by a vision which its leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was said to have received in a dream. First it seized the southern city of Kandahar, then in 1995 it took over the ancient city of Herat, and finally, in September 1996, the capital Kabul fell to its forces. There its demand for the seclusion of women under a strict Islamic regime immediately captured world attention. Much about the Taliban remains mysterious. Mullah Mohammad Omar has never been photographed, and its opponents have depicted it as the creature of Pakistani military intelligence, the ISI. The United States and Iran have also become entangled with the Taliban at various times. This book looks beyond popular stereotypes to explore the roots of the Taliban movement, the factors which contributed to its sudden rise and the implications of Taliban mobilization for the stability of Afghanistan and the surrounding region. The authors, all well-known specialists on the area, are sensitive both to the complexity of Afghan society and to the fluidity of Afghan politics in the wake of fifteen years of upheaval and destruction. Together they provide a many-faceted account of one of the most extraordinary phenomena of the contemporary world. With an updated and new Preface read less...
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