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The rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan : mass mobilization, civil war, and the future of the region

Author: Neamatollah Nojumi
Publisher: New York : Palgrave, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"On September 11, 2001, the world looked in horror at one of the most nefarious acts of terrorism in history. The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the murder of over 6,000 people seem to be the work of al-Qaeda and its leader, Osama bin Laden, who is supported by the Taliban. Providing crucial historical and social background to the turmoil that has long engulfed Afghanistan and contributed to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neamatollah Nojumi
ISBN: 0312294026 9780312294021 0312295847 9780312295844
OCLC Number: 48177423
Description: xii, 260 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Chronology of events --
Historical background --
The theory of mass mobilization --
Traditional political system --
The Democratic Republic of Afghanistan --
The phenomena of civil war in Afghanistan --
Zonal division of Afghanistan --
The Afghan mujahideen and mass mobilization --
The first phase of civil war --
The formation of a third movement --
Missing the only chance --
The rise of the Taliban --
The source of Taliban forces in Afghanistan --
Taliban tactics and strategies --
The political ideology of the Taliban --
The Taliban advance toward Mazar-e-Sharif --
The road into the future --
Afghanistan in the international system --
Epilogue: the Afghan connection to September 11.
Responsibility: Neamatollah Nojumi.

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This study provides a comprehensive review and analysis of the process of political mass mobilization in Afghanistan during the communist upheaval (1978), the Soviet invasion along with the emergence  Read more...

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