'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
About the Author
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.