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Guardians of God: Inside the Religious Mind of the Pakistani Taliban

Mona Kanwal Sheikh


This book is about the new generation of Taliban in Pakistan that arose in response to the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. It is based on interviews with Taliban leaders and sympathizers conducted by the author. Before the invasion, the Pakistani Taliban did not exist as a noteworthy phenomenon—as a threat to local and international stability that it has now become. Yet there are no comprehensive accounts of the Pakistani Taliban. This book fills the gap that remains in spite of the increased level of global public attention and the urgent policy need to comprehend the grievances of th ... More

Keywords: Pakistani Taliban, Pakistan, violence, religious violence, just war, religion, terrorism, security narratives, justifications for violence, religious and secular rationales

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199468249
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199468249.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mona Kanwal Sheikh, author
Senior Researcher, International Security, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark.