Apocalyptic Realm


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Jihadists in South Asia

Dilip Hiro

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An important new history of the relentless growth of South Asia's jihadist violence, and a careful analysis of how it can be countered

This hard-hitting and timely book explores the roots of militant Islam in South Asia and how it has grown to become a source of profound global alarm. By meticulously tracking the rise of the jihadist movement from its initial violence in Afghanistan in 1980 to the present day, Dilip Hiro challenges conventional narratives of the roles of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Soviet Union, the United States, and India. He warns that the Line of Control in Kashmir, where jihadists seek to incite war between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India, is today the most dangerous border in the world.

Drawing on evidence from a wide variety of sources including newly released Kremlin archives and classified U.S. Embassy documents published by WikiLeaks, the author compiles the first complete and accurate history of Islamist terrorism in South Asia. He chronicles historic links between Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India and their varying degrees of destabilization at the hands of the jihadists. He also sheds unprecedented light on the close military and intelligence links that have developed between India and Israel. Finally, he outlines the ambitions of Pakistani, Afghan, and Al Qaeda jihadists to establish an "apocalyptic realm" covering South, Central, and Western Asia. Compact, comprehensive, and fast paced, this book lays bare the causes of today's escalating terrorist threat, sets the historical record straight, and offers fresh strategies for defeating jihadist extremism.

Dilip Hiro is the author of more than 30 books, including After Empire: The Birth of the Multipolar World and Inside Central Asia, listed by the Financial Times as one of the best history books of 2009. He lives in London.

'Dilip Hiro’s new book is a detailed, meticulously researched and felicitously written account of the nature and causes of religious militancy and terrorism in South Asia. It is full of some surprising bits of information and provides an objective and coherent narrative of this troubled region. A most welcome addition to the current literature on the subject.' - Bhikhu Parekh, author of A New Politics of Identity: Political Principles for an Interdependent World

'Over forty years Dilip Hiro has written thirty-odd serious political commentaries, focusing mainly but not exclusively on events in the Middle East and in Central and South Asia. His approach has always been admirably non-partisan and polemic-free. Providing  a compelling context for (amongst other groups) the Taliban, Apocalyptic Realm is a welcome addition to an oustandingly disciplined  body of work.' - Justin Wintle, author of Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi

"Mr. Hiro ought to be commended for attempting to bring a regional lens to a subject too often written about in narrower terms."—Sadanand Dhume, Wall Street Journal
ISBN: 9780300173789
Publication Date: April 17, 2012
320 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
8 pp. b/w illus.

Sales Restrictions: World excluding India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal