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Apocalyptic Realm: Jihad in South Asia: Jihadists in South Asia Hardcover – 21 Feb 2012

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (21 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300173784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300173789
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,895,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

'The virtue of Hiro's new book is that he forces the readers to see the whole imbroglio solely through the eyes of the local actors...[We are] obliged to look again at such a depressingly familiar subject in such an unfamiliar and rewarding way.' --Richard Cockett, Literary Review

'Hiro's central premise - of bringing India into the equation of the wars in South Asia - is valid and important.' --Salil Tripathi, The Independent

'A timely and necessary read for academics and policymakers interested in seeing the broader history of jihadist groups in the region.' --Kenneth Martin, LSE Review of Books

'Hiro's central premise - of bringing India into the equation of the wars in South Asia - is valid and important.' --Salil Tripathi, The Independent

About the Author

Dilip Hiro is the author of more than 30 books, including most recently After Empire: The Birth of the Multipolar World and Inside Central Asia, the 2009 winner of the Financial Times' Best History Book of the Year. He lives in London.

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On hearing that I was reading 'Apocalyptic Realm,' a friend remarked that they thought it was largely an amalgamation of Hiro's previous writing. Although undeterred at the time, having now read the book, this was an entirely plausible argument.

The subtitle 'Jihadists in South Asia' is somewhat misleading, and I suspect an editorial decision made to try and separate the book from the glut of literature on Afghanistan/Pakistan that has surfaced over the past decade. It is principally about Afghanistan and Pakistan, and fleetingly India, and their political development in the latter half of the twentieth- and early twenty-first centuries. Needless to say, 'Jihadists' play a role in this, but the book is far from concentrated on the topic.

It also suffers from poor editing, with a number of persistent errors featuring throughout the text (notably poor usage of 'Pakistan,' 'Pakistani' and 'Pakistan's'). The author also has a penchant for repetition--the overwhelming majority of individuals mentioned in the book are described as 'bespectacled'--and adding unnecessary and inconsequential details--the overrated skiing opportunities in Swat, where 'Mallam Jabba, a skier, often ends up tackling fresh, powdery snow and going off-piste,' (p209) being of particular note.

The book is, however, backed up by a strong and thorough index. While I would not recommend it as a cover-to-cover read, it does have some use as a journalistic reference tool.

I do not doubt Dilip Hiro's depth of knowledge and expertise on the subject, but this particular book, one among many on the subject, doesn't stand up to its competition.
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While I am relatively familiar with Jihadist groups in the Middle East, I am not in as far as South Asia is concerned.
Apocalyptic Realm was certainly an eye opener for me.
Hiro's book in addition to addressing the complex issues of Jihadist groups anywhere, he brings people and places into focus.
Obviously many think they know the issues when it comes to Afghanistan because of the plethora of writings and to lesser degree Pakistan's and none on India's; however, this book brings it into focus and in context.
Probably my insufficient knowledge of South Asia is to blame, but I now think I know better the region, the people, the places and the politics. There are not many books that can match what Hiro has written.
The Sufi shrines and their practices can be felt coming to life as much as travelling through the Khyber Pass.
Equally important is the exceptional knowledge and expertise that Hiro shows in respect of the jihadist groups, their links and associations not only in Pakistan and Afghanistan but throughout the South Asia region.
To understand the Jihadist groups in South Asia, one certainly needs to understand the important role that India a nuclear non Muslim country, play and how it affect the whole scene and possible future of the region.
Dilip Hiro's Apocalyptic Realm certainly does that.
I strongly recommend the book as a source of information its readability and you can also enjoy it.
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This book was one of the 3 best books I have read. Almost every page taught me something knew. I wanted to know more about the Kashmir Valley and this book told me about it and a lot more. It get's into Pakistan and India and the Kashmir Valley and why two atomic wars almost started over the valley.
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