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Title Afghanistan's Islam : from conversion to the Taliban / edited by Nile Green

Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 336 pages) : illustrations, maps
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Contents Introduction. Afghanistan's Islam: A history and its scholarship / Nile Green -- pt. 1. From conversions to institutions (ca. 700-1500) -- The beginnings of Islam in Afghanistan : conquest, acculturation and Islamization / Arezou Azad -- Women and religious patronage in the Timurid Empire / Nushin Arbabzadah -- The rise of the Khwajagan-Naqshbandi Sufis in Timurid Herat / Jürgen Paul -- pt. 2. The Infrastructure of religious ideas (ca. 1500-1850) -- Earning a living : promoting Islamic culture in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries / R.D. McChesney -- Transporting knowledge in the Durrani Empire : two manuals of Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi Sufi practice -- Waleed Ziad -- pt. 3. New states, new discourses (ca. 1850-1979) -- Islam, Shari'a and state-building under 'Abd al-Rahman Khan / Amin Tarzi -- Competing views of Pashtun tribalism, Islam & society in the Indo-Afghan borderlands / Sana Haroon -- Nationalism not Islam : the 'Awaken Youth' Party and Pashtun nationalism / Faridullah Bezhan -- pt. 4. Holy warriors and (im)pious women (1979-2014) -- Glossy global leadership : unpacking the multilingual religious thought of the Jihad / Simon Wolfgang Fuchs -- Female sainthood between legend and politics : the emergence of Bibi Nushin of Shibirghan / Ingeborg Baldauf -- When Muslims become feminists : Khana-yi Aman, Islam and Pashtunwali / Sonia Ahsan -- Afterword / Alessandro Monsutti
Summary "This book provides the first ever overview of the history and development of Islam in Afghanistan. It covers every era from the conversion of Afghanistan through the medieval and early modern periods to the present day. Based on primary sources in Arabic, Persian, Pashto, Urdu and Uzbek, its depth and scope of coverage is unrivalled by any existing publication on Afghanistan. As well as state-sponsored religion, the chapters cover such issues as the rise of Sufism, Sharia, women's religiosity, transnational Islamism and the Taliban. Islam has been one of the most influential social and political forces in Afghan history. Providing idioms and organizations for both anti-state and anti-foreign mobilization, Islam has proven to be a vital socio-political resource in modern Afghanistan. Even as it has been deployed as the national cement of a multi-ethnic 'Emirate' and then 'Islamic Republic, ' Islam has been no less a destabilizing force in dividing Afghan society. Yet despite the universal scholarly recognition of the centrality of Islam to Afghan history, its developmental trajectories have received relatively little sustained attention outside monographs and essays devoted to particular moments or movements. To help develop a more comprehensive, comparative and developmental picture of Afghanistan's Islam from the eighth century to the present, this edited volume brings together specialists on different periods, regions and languages. Each chapter forms a case study 'snapshot' of the Islamic beliefs, practices, institutions and authorities of a particular time and place in Afghanistan"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-316) and index
Subject Islam -- Afghanistan -- History.
Muslims -- Afghanistan -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016036746
ISBN 0520967372 (electronic book)
9780520967373 (electronic book)
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