Fragments of the Afghan Frontier

Fragments of the Afghan Frontier

by Magnus Marsden, Benjamin Hopkins

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Overview

Despite the long and intimate history of engagement along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan's North-West, this area and its relationship to the world remains poorly understood in the West's popular imagination. Through the construction of a collage of historical narratives and intense ethnographic encounters, Marsden and Hopkins argue that the simplistic stereotypes and tropes that all too often masquerade as knowledge about the Frontier not only conceal a more complex reality, but are also a source of the problems that local and international actors alike face there. Not some simple isolated depot of radical terrorists or instrumental tribesmen, the Frontier is a space of richly textured meaning, constructed through a history of movement of its inhabitants and their understanding of the world beyond. Fragments of the Afghan Frontier offers a corrective to simplistic understanding both of the region's history and its current realities, leaving the reader with a deeper understanding of the ever-evolving complexity of this globally significant region.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199327447
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

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

What People are Saying About This

Michael. H. Fisher

Much of the attention of the world has turned to this region. it is important to understand its complex history and dynamics, and the authors are justly regarded highly in their field. They have conducted research few other scholars have attempted, let alone accomplished.

Michael. H. Fisher, Author of The Inordinately Strange Life of Dyce Sombre: Victorian Anglo-Indian MP and Chancery "Lunatic."

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