Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia
by Ahmed Rashid
Reviewed October 24, 2001.
Yale University Press. 2000. Available at Sembach Libary
(regular shelves, 958.104 RAS).
This book is not fun reading! However, it is extremely educational
and incredibly timely.
If you would like to know more about the history of Afghanistan, especially
focusing on the years after the break-up of the Soviet Union, this is
an excellent place to start. It was disturbing to read of the ways
that the United States and its allies encouraged the Taliban, and even
radical Moslems like Osama bin Laden, simply because they were against
the Soviets. Though there is nothing simple about the situation in
Afghanistan. This book will give you perspectives on some of the many
different issues involved. Besides that, many of the long foreign
words and names will begin to make sense to you when you hear them in the
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
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