[The Taliban: War, Religion & the New Order in Afghanistan]

By Marsden, Peter; Baird, Vanessa | New Internationalist, December 1998 | Go to article overview

[The Taliban: War, Religion & the New Order in Afghanistan]


Marsden, Peter, Baird, Vanessa, New Internationalist


Also providing essential background and context to a current crisis is Peter Marsden's excellent The Taliban. Subtitled War, religion and the new order in Afghanistan, it takes us behind the stereotypes to explore not only what the Taliban is and how it has come to power, but also the knot of issues it raises for Afghanistan, its neighbours and the rest of the world.

For the human-rights conscious international community, the continued and institutionalized denial of basic health and education rights to women and girls has resulted in humanitarian agencies like UNICEF closing down their Afghanistan programmes. Should the Taliban be officially recognized at all, some Westerners ask?

However, the Muslim fundamentalist Taliban is, in part, the creation of the superpowers who meddled, intervened and used Afghanistan and its people to serve their own ends. …

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