Part III The Islamic Jihad 7. Fault Lines in the Afghan Jihad Preferred Citation : Edwards, David B. Before Taliban: Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad. In this powerful book, David B. Edwards traces the lives of three recent Afghan leaders in Afghanistan’s history–Nur Muhammad Taraki, Samiullah Safi, and Q. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Apr 1, , Barbara D. Metcalf and others published Before Taliban: Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad. By David B.

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I don’t know what happened to Aqcha Poor after our meeting. At the same time, the book is also about the failure of these men and of the visions they had for their country, a failure that would lead to the total eclipse of the modernist dream of befode. Nor had I read Thomas’s account of his trip to Afghanistan, and so I couldn’t have recognized the possibility that the scene in Naim and Jabar completed an arc begun in Kabul fifty-some years earlier—from a king remaking his summer palace in the image of a Hollywood film to a poor boy pocketing his turban in order to fit into his own humble version of the modern imaginary.

The Islamic Bfeore 6. The character he had in mind was the Afghan ruler Amir Amanullah Khan. Few of the people I spoke with doubted the country’s basic stability, and only much later did we discover that beneath the affghan calm, leftist and Islamic political parties were both feverishly making plans to overthrow the government. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

The three lives the author follows in chronological relevance are the leader of the Marxist coup, Taraki, the protagonist of the first successful tribal uprising against the Marxist Kabul government, Samiullah Safi, gensalogies the leader of the first umbrella organization uniting the two major jihadi groups fighting the Soviet invaders, Qazi Amin.

Democrats and Republicans alike could support this cause, as theatrically illustrated first by Zbigniew Brezhinski, President Jimmy Carter’s national security advisor, firing an AK into Afghanistan from the Khyber Pass and later by President Beofre Reagan parleying in the White House with a group of bearded mujahidin leaders.


I was initially suspicious of the man’s friendliness, particularly when he asked me to accompany him back to his residence. For no trivial reason is Afghanistan aptly named the Empire’s Graveyard.

Alone among the partygoers, Adeko is dressed in the clothes appropriate to her background and station. Lives of the Party pp. They hoped to see Afghanistan become a more just and democratic nation. Unbidden or not, Afghanistan’s helpmates fixed the public’s perception of Afghans, a perception that was amplified by news reports about the Taliban government, which installed itself in power in Amanullah intended to be a more populist ruler, and it was his conceit that just as he would move closer to his people, so would he raise them closer to him through mass education, the elimination of stultifying social customs, and the reduction of religion’s grip on people’s values, practices, and concerns.

In Edwards’s able hands, this culturally informed biography provides a mesmerizing and revealing look into the social and cultural contexts of political change. Like Thomas, I had been drawn to Afghanistan by exotic tales of camel caravans, turbaned tribesmen, and women in veils.

Before Taliban: Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad

Published by Das Arabische Buch, Berlin, ? While all about her others fashion themselves in identities other than their own, the not-very-merry widow stares forlornly into the camera, a grim reminder in the midst genealoties gaiety of the old ways and the grimmer world outside the villa’s gates. Instead, political conflict, foreign invasion, and civil war have left the country impoverished and politically dysfunctional.

When Thomas first got to India, he seemed to have had it in mind to focus his story on a colonial officer, Major Francis Yeats-Brown of the Seventeenth Bengal Lancers, whom he had met during his travels. Henry Shieh rated it really liked it Sep 25, In an odd way, Thomas’s two leading men were mirror images of one another, each being seen in his dress, manner, and action as a variant of the “Oriental” of Western imagining.

Most of the guests have adopted ethnic dress from Afghanistan and its border lands. Paperbackpages.

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The other two—Samiullah Safi, who was a leader of one of the first tribal uprisings against the Marxist regime, and Qazi Muhammad Amin, the deputy amir of the Hizb-i Islami party, which, along with several other Islamic political parties, took control of the antigovernment uprisings and effectively “Islamicized” the resistance—both came of age during the tumultuous period of the late s and early s.

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The men whose lives are described and interpreted in this book failed in their purposes. He split open a melon, which we savored between cigarettes and cups of tea. For these two men, the political controversies they became enmeshed in had to do partly with how to bring about the proper sort of reform and partly with how to salvage aspects of tradition.

But their visions for their country were radically different, and in the end, all three failed and were killed or exiled.

The film was entitled Naim and Jabar, and it was the account of two boys who lived genealogirs the village of Aq Kupruk in northern Afghanistan. But in a sense I honor that promise here, for if this book is not about Aqcha Poor himself, it is about his kindred, particularly those who decided that they would shape Afghanistan’s promise to their own purpose.

Aqcha Poor’s lamentations, while they conveyed the same sadness, were more earth-bound, and it did not appear to me at the time that he saw any end to or mystical significance in his present circumstances.

Like Aqcha Poor, they felt the pull of the new, as well as the disillusionment that accompanied the realization that modernity meant mostly more corruption and a soul-dissolving break with the past. It is rather the story of a series of ill-conceived, though fateful, attempts to define what Afghanistan stood for and to make Afghanistan cohere as a nation in ways different from the ways it had cohered in the past. Sommaire – Document suivant.

Now, Afghanistan is associated with international terrorism, drug trafficking, and repression.