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Afghanistan in Ink: Literature Between Diaspora and Nation [Hardcover]

Nile Green , Nushin Arbabzadah
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18 Feb 2013
'Afghanistan In Ink' uses a wide and largely unknown corpus of twentieth century Afghan Dari and Pashto literature to show not only how Afghans have reflected on their modern history, but also how the state has repeatedly sought to dominate the ideological contours of that history through the patronage or exile of writers. Drawing on an abundance of Afghan language sources, the chapters by leading international experts reveal a disruptive twentieth century dynamic between the importing of multiple conflicting ideologies through literary globalisation and the destabilisation of the state as a consequence of these literary and ideological flows. As the first scholarly survey of modern Afghan literature, Afghanistan In Ink places the twentieth century s itinerant and exiled Afghan writers into their transnational contexts to trace Afghan artistic and ideological interactions with Muslim and Western nations. The volume emphasises the study of literatures in their social and political contexts. With its extensive contextualising introduction, this book provides both specialists and non-specialists with unique inside perspectives on the interweaving of religious, political and cultural debates that have shaped modern Afghan society.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (18 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849042047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849042048
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,316,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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

'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

'An extremely absorbing collection of essays: not only does this book take the reader deep into the literature of Afghanistan over the last few centuries, but it explores fruitful questions about the ways in which literature and language, state-formation, ethnic identity, and history are intertwined. Highly informative and though-provoking.' --Tamim Ansary, author of Games Without Rules, The Often Interrupted Story of Afghanistan

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Nile Green is Professor of South Asian and Islamic history at UCLA and chair of the UCLA Program on Central Asia. His research focuses on the history and literature of the Muslim communities of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and the Indian Ocean. His books include 'Indian Sufism since the Seventeenth Century' and 'Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the West Indian Ocean.' Nushin Arbabzadah is a Research Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. Raised in Afghanistan, she writes regularly on Afghanistan for The Guardian. Her books include No Ordinary Life:Being Young in the Worlds of Islam and From Outside In: Refugees in British Society.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Afghanistan in INK 20 Sep 2013
Afghanistan in Ink Literature between Diaspora and Nation edited by Nile Green and Nushin Arbabzadeh Published 2013 by Hurst
Review by Farrukh Husain Silk Road Books and Photos
The Dilema of an Afghan Literature- chapter 1 by Nile Green
This book provides a fascinating account of Afghanistan and the writers of that nation. Tarzi's father Ghulam Muhammad was a political rival to Abdul Rahman because of the latter's pro Brit stance and so was exiled: "even writers who at certain points of their careers served in influential official positions , such as Mahmud Tarzi or Abd al-Hayy Habibi, at later points in their careers found themselves exiled to regions often far distant from Afghanistan, from where they continued to publish their work. The instability of the nation they were attempting to fix and define was in this way responsible for the geographical instability of both writers and the literature they produced. Ever since its emergence in the early 1900s, modern Afghan literature has been perpetually shaped by this cross-border shuttling between homeland and exile, nation and diaspora." Poor Tarzi was in exile in Ottoman Damascus in his youth and then died in exile in Istanbul, he could pass as an Ottoman gentleman, but by the time he died the curtain had fallen on Ottoman society as well
The amongst the first Novels to be published in Afghanistan were translations of Jules Verne by Mahmud Tarzi. however the first actual novel published in Afghanistan was produced from the Afghan diaspora community in the Punjab. This book was entitled "Jihad-e Akbar was set during the First Anglo Afghan war and recounted the heroic deeds of the Pashtun warrior Muhammad Akbar Khan.
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