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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Important Book, 9 Jun 2006
This review is from: On the Road to Kandahar: Travels Through Conflict in the Islamic World (Hardcover)
Over the last couple of years Jason Burke has proved himself to be one of the most informed and important writers on the Middle East and the Islamic World.

With this book Burke takes us through his own, personal, voyage through the Muslim world and, in particular, the most famous and difficult of territories. He starts as a young student - and would be reporter - in Kurdish Iraq., moves on to Pakistan, Afghanistan and then back to Iraq.

What is behind the rise in Islamic fundamentalism and why has so many turned to violence and terrorism? Why has the response of the West been so lacking? Where on earth do we go after Iraq? What is the prognosis of the future?

This is not only a personal journey but it is a journey through a changing and evolving world. What was once an issue in a far off land is now a neighbourhood issue for all of us as fundamentalist fighters find that new technology has placed them in the middle of a global economy and global society, where issues on the other side of the world are now global issues.

This is a barnstormer of a book; easy to read and yet very important. Burkes' analysis of how we've got to here is convincing. He has no easy solutions. Yet I'm sure that the only positive ways out of this mess will come out the kinds of discussion and analysis that Burke promotes.

A must for those interested in world politics today.
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