Taliban, By Ahmed Rashid

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I choose to read Taliban, by Ahmed Rashid, in hopes of gaining a better understanding of radical Islam, and the conditions under which it flourishes. I choose Rashid’s book, because he offers a unique perspective to the region, being a Pakistani journalist he was able to interview most of the Taliban’s major players. This paper will provide as both my subsequent review of his work as well as drawing connections between ISIS and the Taliban’s overall goals and strategies. Rashid’s investigation into the Taliban is thorough and insightful. His strong command on Middle Eastern history helps him to frame the raise of the Taliban in historical and political terms. His unique perspective takes these themes a step further as he also uncovers religious, social, cultural, and military history in the country. Rashid builds on the history of the Pashtuns by including other geopolitical actors such as Iran, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. His detailed research shows the elaborate rise of the Taliban, and serves as a brief history of their military offenses. One of the more profound points in Rashid’s book is the psychological examination of the Taliban. He claims that a number of the Taliban’s members were originally Pakistani orphans who were more or less raised by the madrassas. The often radical indoctrination offered a limited world view for the fighters, and most had no contact with women. This, mixed with an radical interpretation of the Koran has lead
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