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The Taliban Reader: War, Islam and Politics Paperback – 24 May 2018

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (24 May 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849048096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849048095
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 3.6 x 15.9 cm
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'There are contributions, there are major contributions, and there are landmarks. This book is the latter. Through painstaking and intrepid work, Strick van Linschoten and Kuehn have made it possible to finally read the Taliban in their own words. The Taliban Reader fills a gaping hole in the literature, not just on Afghanistan, but on political Islam more broadly.' --Thomas Hegghammer, Director of Terrorism Research, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), and author of Jihadi Culture: The Art and Social Practices of Militant Islamists

'This pathbreaking, expertly assembled collection provides crucial insights into the development of a complex phenomenon, and a valuable point of departure for those concerned with how the Taliban might evolve in rapidly changing times.' -- William Maley, Professor of Diplomacy, The Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University

'A stunning documentary trail of the Taliban movement - this compilation of voices from the Taliban is a truly unique contribution.' -- Astri Suhrke, Senior Researcher, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen and author of 'When More is Less: The International Project in Afghanistan'

'A very useful and indeed unique collection of Taliban statements, extracts and commentaries, several of which have never before been in the public domain. The editors have rendered an invaluable service in contributing to our understanding of the Taliban.' -- Antonio Giustozzi, Visiting Professor, King's College London and author of 'The Army of Afghanistan: A Political History of a Fragile Institution'

'An absolutely brilliant and lasting contribution to the study of Afghanistan and the Taliban. Strick van Linschoten and Kuehn's editorial comments systematically pull the themes of the primary sources into a coherent whole. I highly recommend this authoritative and rare compilation.' --Thomas H. Johnson, Research Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey

From the Author

Alex Strick van Linschoten is a researcher and writer based in Amman, Jordan. His previous books include, with Felix Kuehn, Poetry of the Taliban, An Enemy We Created and My Life with the Taliban. He holds a PhD in War Studies from King's College London. Felix Kuehn is a researcher and writer based in Berlin. He has worked in Afghanistan since 2006, focusing on the Taliban insurgency and the history of southern Afghanistan over the past four decades. He is a PhD candidate at the War Studies Department of King's College London.

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