On the Road to Kandahar: Travels Through Conflict in the Islamic World

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Macmillan, May 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 297 pages
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A daring reporter's quest through the "living history" of Islam amid the War on Terrorism.  In 1991, a British university student spent his summer break fighting alongside Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq. Now a prize-winning reporter and author of a book on al Qaeda, Jason Burke travels from the Sahara to the Himalayas and meets with refugees, mujahideen, and government ministers in a probing search to understand Islam, and Islamic radicalism, in the context of the "War on Terrorism." Praised by London's Daily Mail as "intensely personal and accessible," this is the gripping story of a search for answers to some of the most urgent questions of our time: What drives Islamic fundamentalism, and how should the West respond? Are we so fundamentally different that we can't coexist? Although much of his book concerns war and violence, Burke reaches the optimistic conclusion that extremist violence alienates its populations and so is doomed fail and wither away.
  

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Review: On the Road to Kandahar: Travels Through Conflict in the Islamic World

User Review  - Zainab Moazzam - Goodreads

Really interesting accounts of local tribal stories. Weaves culture with religion in a manner that gives only positive vibes.. Read full review

Review: On the Road to Kandahar: Travels Through Conflict in the Islamic World

User Review  - Christopher Aubrey - Goodreads

I think this is an excellent book to read for anyone from "The West" Read full review

Contents

List of Maps xi
1
The Shrine and the Fire
21
Afghan Summer
41
Afghan Autumn
58
The House of Wisdom
78
The First Boy Was Shot at Around Three Oclock
95
A Short War in the Hindu Kush
116
Afghan Winter
129
The Magical Misery Tour
189
The Debacle
206
Miss Sixty
224
A Centre of Gravity
243
London and Pakistan
265
A Guide to Further Reading
283
Glossary
287
Acknowledgements
293

Aftermath
140
Back to Kurdistan
156
Secrets and Lies
172

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About the author (2007)

Jason Burke is a prize-winning Chief Reporter for The Observer (U.K.) and the bestselling author of Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam (2004).

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