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Taliban: A Shadow Over Afghanistan

Burchard Brentjes (Author) Helga Brentjes (Author)
Synopsis Afghanistan has been in the news for some time now. One of the least developed nations in the world, with one of the lowest life expectancy, a phenomenally high inflation at 500% and the largest number of landmines per square kilometer in the world—this country has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. A never ending civil war has seen hundreds of thousand killed and maimed and millions flee to the neighboring countries of Iran and Pakistan. The civil war continues regardless. Widows are forced to beg on the streets of Kabul as they are not allowed to work, unemployment is as high as 50%. It seems that the only occupation that an average Afghan knows is to fight. Industrialization has yet to reach these unfortunate people and the few industries that they had , have since closed. Lack of education breeds fanaticism Afghanistan is no exception. Fundamentalists like Osama Bin Laden thrive in such environment. The current rulers of a major part of Aghanistan—the Taliban have taken to following religion to ridiculous extent. While they did much to follow the ‘real’ Islam, they also ensured that Afghanistan became one of the largest exporters of heroin with a tenfold increase in its production in their regime. Repeated setbacks have not extinguished the spirit of the doughty Afghan though, who still carries on with life. Afghanistan had been the theatre of war between the two super powers of the world, Soviet Union and the United states. After the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviets the proxy war between the two intensified. Soviet Union was bled to its ultimate demise. Afghanistan was shattered. With the disintegration of the Soviet Union many thought that peace had finally returned to Afghanistan. They were wrong. The West now eyed the Caspian oil that was now within their reach. The easiest way to bring it to the world market was through Afghanistan on to Pakistan. The war and mayhem made this impossible. Taliban was created with the tacit aim of subdueing all the tribal chiefs and ensuring the safety of the proposed pipeline. This book traces the earliest history of this ancient, beautiful country and discusses the culture and society of this tribal land. Against this backdrop the author tries to find the reasons for the strife and mayhem that has destroyed this beautiful land and its cultural heritage. Profusely illustrated, this book should be useful to the students of South Asia, Middle Eastern studies and International Relations as also those who are interested in knowing the history, sociology and politics of this ancient land the land of the Taliban.
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About the authors

Burchard Brentjes

Prof. Burchard Brenfjes is a former professor of ancient history and archaeology of the Orient, University of Wittenberg, Halle, Germany. Author of more than 55 books, his books have been translated into more than 12 languages. His other titles from Rishi Publications are : Arms of the Sakas, Armenians, Assyrians and Kurds; Three Nations One Fate? And Oil, Dollars and Politics; 7000 years at the Arabo-Persian Gulf.

Helga Brentjes

Dr. Mrs. Helga Brentjes is a philologist by training and a journalist by profession. Author of several books she is also the wife of Prof. Dr. Burchard Brentjes.

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Bibliographic information

Title Taliban: A Shadow Over Afghanistan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rishi Publications
Language: English
isbn 818519324X
length xii+195p., Illustrations; Maps; Plates Notes; Index; Appendices; 26cm.