Afghanistan in Ink

Afghanistan in Ink : Literature Between Diaspora and Nation

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Afghanistan in Ink uses a vast and largely unknown corpus of twentieth-century Afghan Dari and Pashto literature to show how Afghans have conceived of their modern history and how writers' patronage or exile has dominated the contours of that history. Drawing on an abundance of Afghan-language sources, chapters by international experts reveal a disruptive twentieth-century dynamic, in which literary globalization has caused the destabilization of the state by importing multiple, conflicting ideologies. Afghanistan in Ink situates the twentieth century's itinerant and exiled Afghan writers within their transnational contexts and maps Afghan artistic and ideological interactions with Muslim and Western nations. The volume emphasizes the social and political dimensions of this literature and, through its extensive introduction, provides both specialists and nonspecialists with unique, "inside" perspectives on the religious, political, and cultural debates shaping modern Afghan society.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 145 x 224 x 25.4mm | 454g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0231703422
  • 9780231703420

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Afghanistan in Ink demolishes the myth that the country has remained isolated from the the currents of international cultural influences. For more than a century powerful connections to an influential intellectual diaspora have played a significant role in the development of Afghan literature and language politics -- and one that continues to the present day. -- Thomas Barfield, Professor of Anthropology at Boston University and author of Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History Few countries have been as poorly imagined -- or exposed to parochial strategists and commentators -- as Afghanistan. Excavating and examining previously unknown Afghan literary texts and authors, this wonderfully timely and stimulating book radically deepens our sense of the country's history and culture. -- Pankaj Mishra, author of From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia
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About Nile Green

Nile Green is professor of South Asian and Islamic history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and chair of the university's Program on Central Asia. Nushin Arbabzadah is a research scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women.
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