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Published: 22 September 2016

238 Pages


ISBN: 9780199468249

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Guardians of God

Inside the Religious Mind of the Pakistani Taliban

Mona Kanwal Sheikh

  • First major study of the Pakistani Taliban, their religious perceptions, and its impact on their strategies and validation of jihad.
  • Depicts the various movements that go under the label of the Pakistani Taliban, their ideology, the various events that led to the creation of the Taliban movements in Pakistan and the narratives on jihad and violence that characterize the Taliban in Pakistan.
  • Supplements descriptive 'outside' approaches with more anthropological insight into the (legitimacy-bestowing) concepts of the militants.
  • Examines different genres of communication and recruitment materials issued by the Pakistani Taliban, including speeches, leaflets [shabnameh], press releases and jihadi anthems that are not available on the Internet and have been collected from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and the Tribal Areas of Pakistan.
  • Provides a nuanced and detailed understanding of what role religion plays in the Taliban narratives on violence, and hence it adds to literature on the specificity of religious violence.