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Apocalyptic realm [electronic resource] : jihadists in South Asia /
Dilip Hiro.
New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, c2012.
ix, 355 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
9780300173789 (alk. paper)
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New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, c2012.
9780300173789 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [336]-337) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-09-01:
Islamism in South Asia is manifested in myriad forms and movements. Indeed, the religious map of the region is complex and not disposed to simplification. The spiritual and mystical side of Islam is represented by a variety of Sufi, or mystical orders, as explained in the book's first chapter. In recent years, however, an interconnected web of extremist Islamist movements has emerged in Pakistan and Afghanistan and is spreading its tentacles to India and other parts of the subcontinent. In this well-researched and evenhanded book, Hiro, a veteran journalist who has authored more than 30 books on South and Central Asia and the Middle East, offers a detailed account of the trials and tribulations of the extremist Islamist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan. His explanation of the rise and growth of these movements, including the Taliban, is grounded in solid history and is placed within the region's broader sociocultural milieu. Hiro incorporates information from WikiLeaks and material from the Kremlin archives, among other things, to explain many of the major recent political developments in the region, including the history of the US intervention in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. N. Entessar University of South Alabama
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"Mr. Hiro ought to be commended for attempting to bring a regional lens to a subject too often written about in narrower terms."Sadanand Dhume, Wall Street Journal
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This volume explores the roots of militant Islam in South Asia and how it has grown to become a source of profound global alarm. Hiro tracks the growth of the Jihadist movement from its first violent activities in Afghanistan to the present day.
Main Description
This hard-hitting and timely book explores the roots of militant Islam in South Asia and how it has grown to become a source of profound global alarm. By meticulously tracking the rise of the jihadist movement from its initial violence in Afghanistan in 1980 to the present day, Dilip Hiro challenges conventional narratives of the roles of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Soviet Union, the United States, and India. He warns that the Line of Control in Kashmir, where jihadists seek to incite war between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India, is today the most dangerous border in the world. Drawing on evidence from a wide variety of sources including newly released Kremlin archives and classified U.S. Embassy documents published by WikiLeaks, the author compiles the first complete and accurate history of Islamist terrorism in South Asia. He chronicles historic links between Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India and their varying degrees of destabilization at the hands of the jihadists. He also sheds unprecedented light on the close military and intelligence links that have developed between India and Israel. Finally, he outlines the ambitions of Pakistani, Afghan, and Al Qaeda jihadists to establish an "apocalyptic realm" covering South, Central, and Western Asia. Compact, comprehensive, and fast paced, this book lays bare the causes of today's escalating terrorist threat, sets the historical record straight, and offers fresh strategies for defeating jihadist extremism.
Table of Contents
List of Mapsp. vii
Prefacep. viii
Introductionp. 1
The Sufi Connectionp. 10
Afghanistan and Pakistanp. 27
The Afghan Trapp. 52
The Rise and Rise of the Talibanp. 71
Target Kashmirp. 85
India, Israel, and Americap. 115
Liberating Indian Kashmirp. 135
Zia ul Haq: The Islamist Dictatorp. 154
Indian Muslims amidst Hindu Revivalismp. 170
Pakistan's Jihadistsp. 195
A Corrupt Regime, a Vengeful Talibanp. 227
Afghanistan: A Second Vietnamp. 257
Fighting Extremismp. 284
Apocalyptic Futuresp. 294
Epiloguep. 307
Notesp. 320
Select Bibliographyp. 336
Indexp. 338
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