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Beyond the sanitised

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August 2005, no. 273

Modern Afghanistan: A history of struggle and survival by Amin Saikal

I.B. Tauris, $59.95 hb, 342 pp

Beyond the sanitised

by
August 2005, no. 273

Modern Afghanistan provides a nuanced understanding of developments in a country that has attracted the attention of academics and analysts for more than two decades. A number of good books have appeared dealing with politics in and around Afghanistan since the early 1980s. Amin Saikal’s recent book benefits from these accounts, but differs in one way: it is an insider’s account, with objectivity instilled by distance and academic training. As an Australian of Afghan origin, and as an expert on the politics of West and Central Asia, he draws upon a wealth of printed, oral, political and sociological research to delve into the creation and problems of Afghanistan.

Samina Yasmeen reviews ‘Modern Afghanistan: A history of struggle and survival’ by Amin Saikal

Modern Afghanistan: A history of struggle and survival

by Amin Saikal

I.B. Tauris, $59.95 hb, 342 pp

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