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On the Road to Kandahar: Travels through conflict in the Islamic world Paperback – 5 Apr 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141024356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141024356
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A beuatifully written acount of a decade spent in Muslim
societies...intensely personal...absorbing and illuminating
-- Daily Mail

A personal odyssey shot through with vivid description and human
sympathy -- New Statesman

An astute guide to the range and complexity of the Islamic
world...Burke is worth listening to -- Sunday Telegraph

Makes mainstream coverage seem like a caricature...By refusing to
generalize, this illuminating first-hand exploration...makes it clear the
subject is far more complex than most Western commentators like to make out -- Metro

`A beautifully written account of a decade spent in Muslim societies ... intensely personal ... absorbing and illuminating' -- Daily Mail

`A personal odyssey shot through with vivid description and human sympathy' -- New Statesman

`A view from the sharp end'
-- Daily Telegraph

`Fast-paced ... fascinating' -- Sunday Times

`Makes mainstream coverage seem like a caricature ... By refusing to generalize, this illuminating first-hand exploration ... makes it clear the subject is far more complex than most Western commentators like to make out' -- Metro

About the Author

Jason Burke is the prize-winning Chief Reporter for the Observer. He has covered the Middle East and Southwest Asia for a decade, and saw many of the key events described in this book at first hand. He is the author of Al-Qaeda (Penguin, 2004).

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The author Jason Burke has written a book to be proud of with 'On the Road to Kandahar.' There is no denying that this book is a travelogue, however it is far more than a superficial travel diary. Jason Burke has spent over a decade in many Islamic countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The considerable time he has spent traveling means he has learnt languages that enable him to get far closer to the people of the countries he is exploring. He talks to the people, he ask them questions, he learns about their customs and and the impact of religion in their lives. What makes this book such a worthwhile read is that it is written by a western writer, so readers can identify with his viewpoint, however he never makes generalisations of the people he meets. He ask political questions about the influence of Al-Qaeda, and the politics behind the new international TV channels, without prejudice against Islam. Burke is a great writer because he shares his travels with the reader which draws you in. He never comes across as pompous, and the book draws you in to his very real adventure.
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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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Jason Burke has a deep understanding and affinity with islamic societies and it really shines through in this excellent book, Burke cuts through a lot of the silly and inaccurate stereotypes that often prevail in the west in regard to islam. However Burke is no supporter or apologist for radical islam and its intolerant world view and actions. A very comprehensive and interesting book.
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Absolutely amazing read! I would really recommend this - I read this after reading 'no easy day' and 'growing up bin laden' which were both amazing books 'growing up bin laden' especially amazing - so this one had a lot to live up to! Which it certainly did - great author jason burkes extremely varied traveller tails from throughout the Middel east over a 10 year period amazing!
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An brilliant read which provides a deep, unbiased insight into the Islamic world. A must for anyone interested in understanding the current world situation.
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In this book the writer has played very clever. He pretends not to be prejudiced while writing about the Islamic world but is in fact inducing prejudice in the mind of his reader at various occasions. He lacks the courage to condemn injustice in his book.No doubt is a very clever writer.
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