Rashid, Ahmed 1948–

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Rashid, Ahmed 1948–

(Ahmed J. Rashid)


Born June 9, 1948, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan; son of Ahmed (an engineer) and Piari (a homemaker) Rashid; married Angeles Espino Perez-Hurtado, 1982; children: Raphael, Sara Bano. Ethnicity: "Pakistani." Education: Attended Government College, Lahore, Pakistan, 1966-68, and Cambridge University, 1968-70; earned B.A. and M.A. Religion: Muslim.


Home and office—Lahore Cant., Pakistan. E-mail—[email protected].


Journalist and broadcaster. Correspondent for Daily Telegraph, London, England, and formerly for Far Eastern Economic Review, Hong Kong; broadcaster for international radio and television networks such as British Broadcasting Corporation and Cable News Network. Member, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.


The Resurgence of Central Asia: Islam or Nationalism?, Zed Books (London, England), 1994.

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 2000.

Jehad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 2002.

Descent into Chaos: The US and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, Viking (New York, NY), 2008.

Author of monographs. Contributor to books, including Fundamentalism Reborn: Afghanistan and the Taliban, edited by William Malley, Hurst and Co. (London, England), 1998; Afghanistan: Essential Field Guide to Humanitarian and Conflict Zones, International Centre for Humanitarian Reporting, 1998; and Contemporary Issues in Pakistan Studies, edited by Saeed Shafqat, Gautam Publishers (Lahore, Pakistan), 1998. Contributor to periodicals, including Daily Telegraph, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Daily Telegraph (England), Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Affairs, New York Review of Books, BBC Online, El Mundo (Spain), and Current History.

Rashid's books have been translated into more than two dozen languages, including Japanese and Turkish.