Events are related from a Muslim point of view, beginning with the life of the Prophet through to September 11th, His mother was an American of Finnish origin. The publishers envisaged ten units, with three chapters each. But which thirty events represent the history of mankind? There was to be not more than one chapter on Islam, at any rate, the publisher insisted.
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Comment Write a comment Do you think that the current peace negotiations happening in Qatar between the Taliban and the U. Finally, I just want to say that I strongly admired your books!
Thank you! Regarding the curtailment of social gains, my simple answer would be: yes. Social change that matters comes from within a society, not from outside forces imposing progress by force. Afghan women should not be seen as objects of pity but as subjects to be admired. The progressive side of Afghan culture, mostly urban, is just as tough as the rural reactionaries.
The most dramatic period of social change in Afghanistan was not the 19 years since the fall of the Taliban; it was, by far, the 19 years from to , when Afghanistan was pretty much at peace and under sovereign Afghan rule.
Left to themselves, ruled by themselves, Afghans were making staggering strides. Then came the Soviet invasion and all that followed and by 2, the country was buried in a nightmare of reactionary darkness. But let me complicate the question one step more. The term "Taliban" is often used as if referred to a certain organized group with a particular program. It would be more accurate, if more clumsy, to use a term like "reactionary Islamism rooted in rural culture," Quasi-organized groups of that description abound and which of them answer to which others is, I believe, an open question.
Therefore, when we speak of peace negotiations between "the" Taliban and the U. And over whom do these particular Taliban have actual authority back in Afghanistan? The thing is, Taliban of all stripes have one non-negotiable demand: a complete U. And while some reports make it seem like U. Also, since the Obama years, drone warfare has taken over from boots-on-the-ground soldiers as the military tactic of choice. So number of troops is no longer really a measure of military involvement.
Since the U. And hey: thanks for the comment about my books.
'Destiny Disrupted,' by Tamim Ansary
This is vast but fast history : you have to hang on to your hat, or whatever you hang on to, which might not be a hat, since the kind of hats which a strong wind might snatch from your head are rarely worn today. In this book a lot of obscure places and people go rushing by, like a speeded up film, like a boiling river. Tamim Ansary writes in a chatty, slangy, motormouth style. Like a friendly history professor. What are they all about?
Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes