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Afghanistan and the Taliban: The Rebirth of Fundamentalism?

William Maley (Editor)
Synopsis 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 their 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 Heart, and finally, in September 1996, the capital Kabul fell to its forces. The Taliban enforced rigorous Sharia laws and restricted the employment and movement of women under a strict Islamic regime. Its draconian religious decrees and public executions of political opponents and criminals immediately captured world attention. Yet, much about the Taliban remains mysterious. This book looks beyond popular stereotypes to explore the roots of the Taliban movement, the factors that 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 in 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.
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About the author

William Maley

William Maley is Senior Lecturer in Politics, University College, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy. He has co-edited The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan and co-authored Regime Change in Afghanistan: Foreign Intervention and the Politics of Legitimacy and Political Order in Post-Communist Afghanistan.

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Title Afghanistan and the Taliban: The Rebirth of Fundamentalism?
Author William Maley
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0143028022
length xviii+253p.