Beyond Swat: History, Society and Economy Along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier

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Written by anthropologists and historians with long-standing research experience in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as expertise in one or more of the region's languages, each chapter explores varying yet interconnected dimensions of the region's culture, society and politics over a broad span of history and their relevance to wider debates about the dynamics shaping this and other comparable 'frontier' spaces. The parallels the authors make cross temporal, as well as spatial boundaries and, in doing so, open ...
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Overview


Written by anthropologists and historians with long-standing research experience in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as expertise in one or more of the region's languages, each chapter explores varying yet interconnected dimensions of the region's culture, society and politics over a broad span of history and their relevance to wider debates about the dynamics shaping this and other comparable 'frontier' spaces. The parallels the authors make cross temporal, as well as spatial boundaries and, in doing so, open up theoretically innovative lines of scholarly enquiry about the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier, the nature of Islamic militancy, its connections to ethnicity, class and transformations in the nature of state power, and, more generally, the relationship between anthropology and history.
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"An impressive volume, important for its focus on the dangerous, and all too pervasive, tendency of journalists and academics to sideline class and politics in favour of cultural stereotypes. Instead, these deeply informed articles by expert historians and anthropologists confirm over and over the importance of taking into account, as the editors put it, 'the common human modes of behaving' that are characteristic of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, both historically and in the present."--Barbara D. Metcalf, author of Husain Ahmad Madani: Islam and the Jihad for India's Freedom and editor of Islam in South Asia in Practice

"Easily readable and enjoyable, this book offers fresh and theoretically rich perspectives on a number of concerns that go well beyond Swat....Exemplary."--Marta Bolognani, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

"A most comprehensive study of the world's most notable flashpoint--Afghanistan and its neighbouring region. Using the 1959 seminal study by Fredrik Barth as a counterpoint, this collection of essays brings classical anthropological and historical portrayals into conversation with fresh research conducted in today's world. Rich in detail, this volume is a nuanced and genuinely insightful study into the most salient themes of this region: the relationship of the Taliban and Islam; the problematic notion of 'tribe'; relations between class, patronage and the State; the importance of trade in creating new moral and cultural worlds; and the continuity and change that this part of the world has witnessed over the past 200 years....If you want genuine understanding and erudition about Pashtuns and Afghanistan, this book is for you."--Mukulika Banerjee, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199327775
  • Publisher: An Oxford University Press Publication
  • Publication date: 12/25/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 566,089
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Magnus Marsden is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He has spent 15 years conducting research in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Benjamin D. Hopkins is an Assistant Professor in History and International Affairs at the George Washington University, Washington DC and a Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Rethinking Swat: Militancy and Modernity along the
Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier Magnus Marsden and Benjamin D. Hopkins
1. Swat in Retrospect: Continuities, Transformations and Possibilities
Charles Lindholm
SECTION 1
CONTINUITY AND CHANGE
2. The Abdali Afghans between Multan, Qandahar and Herat in the
Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries Christine Noelle-Karimi
3. A History of the "Hindustani Fanatics" of the Frontier
Benjamin D. Hopkins
4. Kashars against Mashars: Jihad and Social Change in the FATA
Mariam Abou Zahab
SECTION 2
LOCATING FRONTIER WORLDS
5. A History of Linguistic Boundary Crossing Within and Around
Pashto Shah Mahmoud Hanifi
6. The Road to Kabul: Automobiles and Afghan Internationalism,
1900-40 Nile Green
7. Being a Diplomat on the Frontier of South and Central Asia: Trade and Traders in Afghanistan Magnus Marsden
SECTION 3
CLASS, PATRONAGE AND THE STATE: BEYOND THE
EXCEPTIONAL PASHTUN?
8. Class, Patronage and Coercion in the Pakistani Punjab and Swat
Nicolas Emilio Martin
9. Exceptional Pashtuns?: Class Politics, Imperialism and Historiography
Nancy Lindisfarne
10. Class, State and Power in Swat Conflict Robert Nichols
SECTION 4
THE TALIBAN, PASHTUNS AND SWAT
11. The Swat Crisis Sultan-i-Rome
12. Producing Civil Society, Ignoring Rivaj: International Donors,
the State and Development Interventions in Swat Urs Geiser
13. Crisis and Reconciliation in Swat through the Eyes of Women
Anita M. Weiss
14. Public Visibility of Women and the Rise of the Neo-Taliban
Movement in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 2007-9 Sana Haroon
SECTION 5
TRIBES, CONFLICT, AND STATE-BUILDING IN AFGHANISTAN AND
PAKISTAN
15. Custom and Conflict in Waziristan: Some British Views
Hugh Beattie
16. Studying Pashtuns in Barth's Shadow Richard Tapper
17. If only there were Leaders: the Problem of Fixing the Pashtun
Tribes Antonio Giustozzi
18. Lessons on Governance from the Wali of Swat: State-building in Afghanistan, 1995-2010 David B. Edwards

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