April 15, 2010


Investigative journalist Rashid explains how religious repression, political corruption, and extreme poverty have created a climate conducive to the growth of militant Islam. Similar to his findings about the support of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Central Asian republics--Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan--are now active sites of the growth of militant organizations such as Al-Quaeda. He describes the activities and goals of these organnizations, and offers suggestions for reducing or neutralizing this threat and stabilizing the region.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

JIHAD: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia
Ahmed Rashid
DS 329.4 .R38 2003