Islam and Resistance in Afghanistan by Olivier RoyIn this newly updated edition, Olivier Roy expands his penetrating study of the history, ideology and structures of the Afghan resistance movement to mid-1989. He examines the evolution of the military and political situation inside Afghanistan during the last years of the Soviet presence and discusses relations between the Afghan resistance and the Islamic fundamentalist movements. The situation created by the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan is also explored and in a new conclusion Professor Roy assesses to what extent the war has altered the traditional fabric of Afghan society.
Islam and Resistance in Afghanistan
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Too much information on Afghanistan comes from journalists who quickly don a turban, join a group of mujahidin fighters, get buzzed by Soviet gunships, and then think themselves experts. On the other hand, specialists who understand Afghan society and civilization well enough to assess the larger issues of the war tend not to know enough about conditions on the ground. Olivier Roy, a young French anthropologist who has made annual trips to Afghanistan since , mixes the knowledge of the specialist with the timely information of the traveler, and the combination is extremely impressive. Roy is categorical in saying that "there is no possibility of the resistance being crushed by might. But Mr. Roy contends that, above all, the war hinges on political relations among the Afghans. The U.