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Islamic fundamentalism

Aug 16, 2012 — In fiction, novelists Sebastian Rotella and Tahmima Anam explore cultural frictions along South America's "triple border" and in Bangladesh, respectively. In nonfiction, Jermaine Jackson remembers his brother Michael, and Charles King explores the history of Odessa, Ukraine.
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Aug 31, 2011 — Child narrators rule this week's fiction: Brock Clarke conjures a young prodigy searching for his father, while Michael David Lukas channels a girl who stows away on a trip to the Ottoman Empire. In nonfiction, Ian Johnson says the CIA inadvertently helped radical Islamists gain a foothold in Europe after World War II.
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Jul 31, 2011 — Against the backdrop of the aftermath of the war for Bangladeshi independence, the central characters in Tahmima Anam's novel — a brother and sister — take very divergent religious pathways. The author discusses the idea of a family rebuilding as their nation does the same.
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Jul 29, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Good Muslim: A Novel by Tahmima Anam. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jun 5, 2010 — In A Mosque in Munich, Pulitzer Prize winner Ian Johnson explains how Western spy-masters recruited ex-Soviet Muslims to be operatives in the propaganda war against the Soviet Union. These Muslims, in turn, created a community where radical Islam could gain a foothold in the heart of Europe.
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Oct 29, 2009 — Ali Eteraz returned to his home country of Pakistan after living in the US to find himself at the center of an abduction plot. He describes his experiences in his new memoir, Children of the Dust.
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Apr 5, 2007 — Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf faces protests at home — and given his stance on the Taliban, eroding support in the West as well. Journalist and author Ahmed Rashid parses the challenges and possibilities of contemporary Pakistani politics.
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Oct 30, 2006 — Within weeks after Sept. 11, such terms as "jihadist" and "war on terror" entered the American English lexicon. Understanding the political impact of that language may shed light on some of the geopolitical fractures that have come to define the early 21st century.
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Aug 24, 2006 — Before most Americans had heard of the Taliban, Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid wrote a book about them. After the Sept. 11 attacks, it became a best-seller. Rashid's recent reporting for English-language newspapers involves Islamist militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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Jun 28, 2006 — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives in Afghanistan to show support for President Hamid Karzai, whose popularity has slumped in the face of a resurgent Taliban. Susan Stamberg talks with journalist Ahmed Rashid about the current state of affairs in Afghanistan.
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