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Evaluation of Books Three Cups of Tea Stones into Schools Promoting Peace with Books Not Bombs in Afghanistan and Pakistan and Culture and Customs of Pakistan

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Aside from empowering the women in the economic sphere, he has also contributed much to the decrease of oppressive practices towards them. One of the sources for proving this research paper’s thesis on the viability of social development work as a means in curbing terrorism is the book written by Greg Mortenson, Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mortenson’s methods, however, worked because it suited the culture of the people in that area. Hence, there is a need to study the concrete social and cultural conditions that a development worker will encounter in that region. For this, the book Culture and Customs of Pakistan by Iftikhar Haider Malik is an important source of information on the distinct cultural attitudes in northern Pakistan, while Abbas Zaidi Manzar’s Taliban in Pakistan: a Chronicle of Resurgence provides a rich description of how the Taliban of Afghan origin was able to make seedbeds of Islamic fundamentalism out of Pakistan’s far-flung regions. In Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson recounted his efforts and the obstacles he met in building a single school in Korphe, a Balti village in northern Pakistan. In Stones into Schools, his second book, he wrote about his experiences in building more educational facilities in the entire region that include some parts of Afghanistan. (Mortenson 20) The book and Mortenson’s work itself present the argument that guns, bullets, and bombs cannot win the war on terrorism initiated by the Taliban. It expounds on the truth that terrorism can be defeated by delivering the basic services, especially education to the people of these isolated areas. Through his experiences with the local population, which include Taliban fighters and sympathizers, Mortenson asserted that peace in the area can only be made possible by socio-economic development and not aggressive military campaigns.