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On the Road to Kandahar: Travels through conflict in the Islamic world

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From the bestselling author of Al-Qaeda, Jason Burke's On the Road to Kandahar reveals the true face of Islam in an age of global conflict.

In the summer of 1991 Jason Burke set off to join Kurdish guerillas fighting in Iraq. It was the start of a remarkable journey that would take him from the sands of the Sahara to the highest peaks of the Himalayas, revealing the true co
Paperback, 297 pages
Published April 5th 2007 by Penguin (first published 2006)
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Rajiv Chopra
Feb 27, 2016 Rajiv Chopra rated it really liked it
This is quite an excellent book, one that I would not ordinarily have picked up. However, what I like, is that Jason shows a rare sensitivity when writing this book. He displays no antagonism to the people he meets on the road.
His interpretations of what he sees, is subtle. He also takes the time to try and understand the people, and have real conversations with them. In doing so, he shows us a real glimpse of what is actually happening in the region.
When he says, for instance, that Iraqis just
Oct 11, 2007 naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is journalism at it's finest. it makes you relize how little you know about the middle east. their tradditions, their history and their faith. a great book without the american propaganda in so many journalst can't stay away from.
Jul 26, 2011 Emmett rated it really liked it
Burke's second book is an anecdotal account of his, at the time, decade and a half of work in the Middle East, South Asia, North Africa, and other war ravaged parts of the world. Burke's incredible drive to expose the reality of these conflicts is a constant as he retells stories of being pursued by armed men through the streets of Zakho in the Kurdish North of Iraq, ducking from tank fire on the Taliban's front lines outside of Kabul, or escaping from Pakistani border security in a taxi race up ...more
Mar 13, 2010 Juha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: persons wanting to better understand Islamic militancy.
Jason Burke is Chief Reporter for the Observer in London. He has written a superb book about conflict and violence in the Islamic world, an area he is thoroughly familiar with having worked and travelled in the region since 1991. Burke’s analysis of the causes and consequences of violence and militancy is nuanced, thoughtful and based on years of interviews, field work and reflection. Yet he never writes as an apologist for the militant Islamists or terrorists. Unlike many journalists, Burke has ...more
Danial Tanvir
Sep 20, 2016 Danial Tanvir rated it it was amazing
this book was nice , i enjoyed reading it.

it is about a british man who travels in muslim countries such as iraq,pakistan and afghanistan and he has written about his travels and what he is based in the islamic world.

he talks abour 9/11 and about the afghanistan and iraq war.
he ends the book by talking about the londong bombing in 2005.
i liked this book .
Sep 30, 2007 Sanjay rated it liked it
Towards the end of the 1991 Gulf War, Jason Burke and a friend arrived in Iraq to fight for the Kurds. They were all of 21 – ah, the headiness of youth. Surviving skirmishes and a kidnap attempt, Burke went on to become a respected foreign correspondent and in this book, he tells tales of his experiences and encounters in the Islamic world, from Kabul to Islamabad to Baghdad to Basra and more. This is leavened by Burke’s attempts to show that Islamic fundamentalism has complex causes and comes i ...more
Aug 27, 2007 Pranjal rated it it was ok
Burke's experiences and observations on Pakistan and Afghanistan are an enjoyable and informative read. He adds a lot of details and colour to the content of his book on Al Qaeda, so while some sections may seem similar, it's still worth checking out both. The second half of the book, on Iraq, seemed a bit too emotive and less considered overall, but it's worth sticking with it if only to read about his interview with an Iraqi militant. I don't think we'd agree too much politically, and many of ...more
Mar 14, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Clear, lucid, and very fair book on conflict in the Islamic world. Written by a British journalist, this book circumvents the entrenched and politicized views prevalent in America, including those surrounding Afghanistan, the Iraq War, and 9/11 itself.

My only real complaint about this book is the arbitrary use of commas (or failure to use commas) throughout most of the first half of the book. Presumably he's employing some kind of journalistic rule for comma use, but whatever it is, it results
Zainab Moazzam
Aug 23, 2014 Zainab Moazzam rated it really liked it
Really interesting accounts of local tribal stories. Weaves culture with religion in a manner that gives only positive vibes..
Martin Willoughby
Jul 28, 2016 Martin Willoughby rated it it was ok
Why use one word when twenty will do.
Vikas Datta
Jun 04, 2015 Vikas Datta rated it it was amazing
A fabulous account that needs to be read by anyone who wants to make sense of this tortured region and its dynamics.... Mr Burke entwines some personal, at times hair-rising, escapades with some keen insights born out of his long experience of the region and its people and his empathy... the descriptions of Afghanistan, Iraq (especially the Kurd areas), Palestine, Pakistan are extraordinarily vivid and need to be read to get a feel of these areas....
Quite interesting and factual to see a real human face and diversity behind the label of "Islam" through Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kashmir etc...however, perhaps due to the jornalistic view, it seemed a bit detached and lacking bit of an emotional touch to the book..
Rui Igreja
Apr 19, 2013 Rui Igreja rated it it was amazing
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From the guy who wrote Al-Qaeda, and who has lived and travelled extensively in the "Islamic World", a perspective from inside of this world. A very interesting book in my opinion, very much about what is/has been going on in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Jul 03, 2007 Gilda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: interested in news
Shelves: travels
quite refreshing - a book which tells of a hands-on experience of worlds, ideologies and themes which are broadly debated but very few persons know directly. Personal and impartial and at the same time. Lots of food for thought.
Apr 26, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book for those interested in the Middle East. It give the reader a good overview of Islam and what is happening in a part of,the world that we westerners really know little about.
Alexandre Gadelha
Sep 11, 2014 Alexandre Gadelha rated it it was amazing
Livro essencial para tomar contato e começar a gostar do tema.
Sep 11, 2007 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book to introduce readers to the different practices of Muslims. Also thought provoking because of US policy towards Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.
Christopher Aubrey
Sep 15, 2014 Christopher Aubrey rated it it was amazing
I think this is an excellent book to read for anyone from "The West"
Steven Sears
Jul 26, 2011 Steven Sears rated it it was amazing
Great book. Makes you realise when reading it just how lazy and sensationalist newspaper and television journalists are.
Valerie Ruud
Apr 20, 2009 Valerie Ruud rated it liked it
I'm amazed this naive reporter actually survived.
Bejoy Babu
Oct 06, 2012 Bejoy Babu rated it really liked it

Stark. And engaging.
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