Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia

Ahmed Rashid (Author)


"The standard work in English on the Taliban" (Christopher de Bellaigue, New York Review of Books ), by "Pakistan's best and bravest reporter" (Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair)

The updated edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller

Correspondent Ahmed Rashid brings the shadowy world of the Taliban--the world's most extreme and radical Islamic organization--into sharp focus in this enormously insightful book. Rashid offers the only authoritative account of the Taliban available to English-language readers, explaining the Taliban's rise to power, its impact on Afghanistan and the Middle East and Central Asia, its role in oil and gas company decisions, and the effects of changing American attitudes toward the Taliban. He also describes the new face of Islamic fundamentalism and explains why Afghanistan has become the world center for international terrorism.

In this updated edition, Rashid examines how the Taliban regained its strength; how and why the Taliban spread across Central Asia; how the Taliban helped Al'Qaida's spread into Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Far east; and more.

Product Details

Yale University Press
Publish Date
April 13, 2010
5.3 X 0.92 X 8.46 inches | 0.67 pounds

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About the Author

Called "Pakistan's best and bravest reporter" by Christopher Hitchens in Vanity Fair, Ahmed Rashid was a correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review for more than twenty years, covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, and central Asia. He now writes for BBC Online, the Washington Post, El Mundo, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Review of Books, and other foreign and Pakistani newspapers. He has been covering the wars in Afghanistan, as well as the wars in Pakistan and Tajikistan, since 1979. He is the author of Descent into Chaos and Jihad.


"[A] valuable and informative work."--Richard Bernstein, New York Times (on the first edition)
"[Rashid is] Pakistan's best and bravest reporter."--Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair

"Virtually the only informed work on the men who, since 1994, have ruled almost all of Afghanistan. . . . [An] indispensable book."--Steve Wasserman, Los Angeles Times Book Review (on the first edition)

"The standard work in English on the Taliban."--Christopher de Bellaigue, New York Review of Books (on the first edition)