Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan / Edition 3

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Overview

During almost 250 years of its existence, Afghanistan has evolved from rule by a tribal aristocracy to constitutional monarchy and people’s democratic republic, culminating in the establishment of a theocracy in which power rests with the religious establishment, the ulama. A civil war, subsequent to the communist defeat in 1992, resulted in the emergence of the Taliban who intended to establish a “true Islamic state.” Taliban misrule, support for terrorist groups, and alliance with 'sama bin Laden led to American intervention resulting in a renewed attempt to establish a broad-based democratic government. This third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan provides researchers with updated information and considerable new material. It includes entries on major historical events, important places, leading personalities - past and present - and significant aspects of the country’s culture, religion, and economy. The introduction contains an outline of Afghanistan’s political history, an appendix includes a number of documents, and a comprehensive bibliography introduces the reader to additional sources.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Recent developments in Afghanistan certainly justify this new edition, which even libraries that already have the first or second editions will want. Recommended. Public and academic libraries.
Booklist
Covers important economic, social, and cultural topics as well as significant people, places, events, institutions, groups, and movements from the whole sweep of Afghan history
Middle East Journal
Adamec touches upon all topics, persons, events, institutions, and places related to Afghanistan's historical, political, economic, and social development.
American Reference Books Annual
This new edition, like all the volumes in the Asian/Oceanian series, is a very valuable reference tool. With world attention on and American involvement in Afghanistan likely to be long term, this comprehensive compendium will be most popular in libraries. The book should be widely held.
Choice
Recent developments in Afghanistan certainly justify this new edition, which even libraries that already have the first or second editions will want. Recommended. Public and academic libraries.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
This new edition, like all the volumes in the Asian/Oceanian series, is a very valuable reference tool. With world attention on and American involvement in Afghanistan likely to be long term, this comprehensive compendium will be most popular in libraries. The book should be widely held.
Booknews
A concise reference with entries on major historical events, important places, leading personalities (past and present) and significant aspects of Afghanistan's culture, religion, and economy. The introduction contains an extensive overview of its history. A listing of abbreviations and acronyms, user's notes, and a chronology and bibliography complete the work. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Booknews
A concise reference listing important events and personalities, geographical, cultural, and political data of interest to the general reader as well as to the student of Afghanistan. The work is divided into five parts: introduction to Afghan history, dictionary, chronology, selected bibliography, and an appendix with genealogies of major tribes and ethnic groups and important families. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Ludwig W. Adamec is widely known as a leading authority on Afghanistan. He is a professor at the University of Arizona and has served as the director of the Near Eastern Center for 10 years. He is the author of 24 volumes and numerous articles and monographs, including the Historical Dictionary of Islam.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Editor's Foreword Chapter 2 Abbreviations and Acronyms Chapter 3 Reader's Note Chapter 4 Maps of Afghanistan Chapter 5 Introduction Chapter 6 THE DICTIONARY Chapter 7 Appendixes Chapter 8 Appendix 1: Major Sections of the "Durand Agreement" Chapter 9 Appendix 1A: The Legal Case for the Durand Line Chapter 10 Appendix 2: Soviet Report on Intervention in Afghanistan in December 1979 Chapter 11 Appendix 3: Interim Agreement Chapter 12 Appendix 4: Military Technical Agreement Chapter 13 Appendix 5: Commission for Loya Jirga Chapter 14 Appendix 5A: Procedures for Afghanistan's Emergency Loya Jirga Chapter 15 Appendix 6: Transitional Government Chapter 16 Appendix 7: Taliban Government Chapter 17 Bibliography Chapter 18 About the Author

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