Afghan History Through Afghan Eyes

Hardcover | January 14, 2016

EditorNile Green

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Recent international intervention in Afghanistan has reproduced familiar versions of the Afghan national story, from repeatedly doomed invasions to perpetual fault lines of ethnic division. Yet almost no attention has been paid to the ways in which Afghans themselves have made sense of theirhistory.Radically questioning received ideas about how to understand Afghanistan, Afghan History Through Afghan Eyes asks how Afghan intellectuals, ideologues and ordinary people have understood their collective past. The book brings together the leading international specialists to focus on case studies ofthe Dari, Pashto and Uzbek histories which Afghans have produced in abundance since the formation of the Afghan state in the mid-eighteenth century. As crucial sources on Afghans' own conceptions of state, society and culture, their writings help us understand the dominant and marginal, conflictingand changing, ways in which Afghans have understood the emergence of their own society and its relationships with the wider world. Based on new research in Afghan languages, Afghan History Through Afghan Eyes opens up entirely fresh perspectives on Afghan political, social and cultural life, providing penetrating insights into the master narratives behind domestic and international conflict in Afghanistan.

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Recent international intervention in Afghanistan has reproduced familiar versions of the Afghan national story, from repeatedly doomed invasions to perpetual fault lines of ethnic division. Yet almost no attention has been paid to the ways in which Afghans themselves have made sense of theirhistory.Radically questioning received ideas ...

Nile Green is Professor of South Asian and Islamic history at UCLA and chair of the UCLA Program on Central Asia. His research focuses on the history and literature of the Muslim communities of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and the Indian Ocean. He is the author of Terrains of Exchange: Religious Economies of Global Islam and coe...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.98 inPublished:January 14, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190247789

ISBN - 13:9780190247782

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"The past in the present constrains and enables our visions of ourselves as inheritors and makers of history and identity. Afghan History Through Afghan Eyes, drawing on Afghan discourse and texts, provides a much needed corrective to the Great Game paradigm of history. It is a very welcomecontribution to the understanding of our past and the foundation for a new paradigm of analysis." --Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan