The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan by Neamatollah Nojumi
Mass Mobilization, Civil War, and the Future of the Region

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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 Neamatollah Nojumi

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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.
Published January 4, 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan. 272 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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Yet he does provide insights into the reasons the Taliban have come to power in the niche created by the chaos in the resistance leadership in 1992, and the appeal of their declared “cause to establish peace, security, and the formation of a national assembly,” and the application, or at least th...

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Nojumi, a former member of the Mujahadeen who fought the Soviet invasion and a contributor to humanitarian efforts to help displaced Afghans, offers a committed but often barely intelligible attempt to explain the historical, political and cultural circumstances behind the Taliban's ascent to power.

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