Heroes of the Age: Moral Fault Lines on the Afghan Frontier

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Much of the political turmoil that has occurred in Afghanistan since the Marxist revolution of 1978 has been attributed to the dispute between Soviet-aligned Marxists and the religious extremists inspired by Egyptian and Pakistani brands of
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520200647
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Series: Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

David B. Edwards is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Williams College and Director of the Williams Afghan Media Project.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Significant Persons
1 Introduction 1
Beginnings 6
Recollecting the Past 14
Contested Domains 28
2 The Making of Sultan Muhammad Khan 33
Myth and History 43
Fathers and Sons 50
Men and Women 56
Friends and Enemies 63
Coda: Jandad's Punishment 73
3 The Reign of the Iron Amir 78
Mapping the State 82
The Once and Future King 88
The Armature of Royal Rule 94
Kingship and Honor 112
Coda: The Death of the King 123
4 The Lives of an Afghan Saint 126
Twice-Told Tales 128
Fathers and Sons 133
Identity and Place 138
Discipline and Power 142
Benefit and Gratitude 146
Purity and Politics 155
Pirs and Princes 158
Coda: The Journey to Koh-i Qaf 167
5 Mad Mullas and Englishmen 172
A Passage to India 175
The Events of 1897 and Their Explanation 176
Waging Jihad 181
The Fault Lines of Authority 196
Tales of Jarobi Glen 201
Conclusion 216
6 Epilogue 220
Re: Posting on the Internet 221
Embedded Codes 227
Notes 235
Glossary 271
Bibliography 279
Index 297
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