Afghanistan in Ink: Literature Between Diaspora and Nation

Afghanistan in Ink: Literature Between Diaspora and Nation


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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 globalisa tion 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 contextual ising 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199327768
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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.

Nushin Arbabzadah grew up in Kabul during the Soviet occupation, and as a teenager fled Afghanistan with her family. She later studied at Cambridge University and now writes a column in The Guardian.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1. Introduction: Afghan Literature between Diaspora and Nation
Nile Green
2. Modernizing, Nationalizing, Internationalizing: How Mahmud
Tarzi's Hybrid Identity Transformed Afghan Literature
Nushin Arbabzadah
3. The Afghan Afterlife of Phileas Fogg: Space and Time in the
Literature of Afghan Travel Nile Green
4. Demarcating Pashto: Cross-border Pashto Literature and the
Afghan State, 1880-1930 Thomas Wide
5. Ambiguities of Orality and Literacy, Territory and Border
Crossings: Public Activism and Pashto Literature in Afghanistan,
1930-2010 James Caron
6. The Poetry and Prose of Pazhwak: A Critical Look at Traditional
Afghanistan Chaled Malekyar
7. Mastering the Ego Monster: Azhdaha-ye Khodi as an Allegory of
History Wali Ahmadi
8. Lyric Realism: Poetic Reflections of Refugee Life in Iran
Zuzanna Olszewska
9. Afghanistan and the Persian Epic Shahnama: Historical Agency and the Epic Imagination in Afghan and Afghan-American
Literature Shafiq Shamel
10. Gnomics: Proverbs, Aphorisms, Metaphors, Key Words and Epithets in Afghan Discourses of War and Instability
Margaret A. Mills

What People are Saying About This

Tamim Ansary

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.

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