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On the Road to Kandahar: Travels through conflict in the Islamic world Paperback – 5 Apr 2007
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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).See all Product description
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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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