Part III The Islamic Jihad 7. Fault Lines in the Afghan Jihad Preferred Citation : Edwards, David B. Before Taliban: Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad. In this powerful book, David B. Edwards traces the lives of three recent Afghan leaders in Afghanistan’s history–Nur Muhammad Taraki, Samiullah Safi, and Q. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Apr 1, , Barbara D. Metcalf and others published Before Taliban: Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad. By David B.

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Before Taliban by David B. Edwards – Paperback – University of California Press

In an odd way, Thomas’s two leading men were mirror images of one another, each being seen in his dress, manner, and action as a variant of the “Oriental” of Western imagining. I traveled by bus to Mazar-i Sharif, then caught another local public van to the nearby town befor Balkh, where I arrived close to dark. But others chose different means, the most important of which was joining political parties that promised to transform the system and make those presently powerless the new masters of the nation’s destiny.

All of this cozying up to men in turbans ended abruptly after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in And if this attire were not enough to dissipate genealoges illusions that the travelers might have retained about the absolute amir, there was also the evident ease and casualness with which he interacted with his companions and they with him.

Christian Caryl rated it really liked it Apr 13, Before Taliban builds on the foundation that Edwards laid in his previous book, Heroes of the Age, in which he examines the lives of three significant figures of the late nineteenth century–a tribal khan, a Muslim saint, and a prince who became king of the newly created state.

Before Taliban: Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad

Edwards humanizes the stories of these moments–their motivations, their rise, their struggles, and eventually their downfall. List of Illustrations pp. The government had little trouble suppressing these attacks, and press reports indicated only that there had been local disturbances.

Return to Book Page. The first occurred shortly after my arrival in Kabul; Islamic militants belonging to the Muslim Youth Organization Sazman-i Jawanan-i Befoee staged armed uprisings in a number of provinces.

Most of those who were lucky enough to secure positions in the government found both that their jobs paid so poorly they still had to live at home or in small apartments and that their salaries were so insufficient they could not even consider getting married until they were well into their thirties.


In the mid twentieth century, Afghans believed their nation could be a model of economic and social development that would inspire the world. For these two men, the political controversies they became enmeshed in had to do partly with how to bring about the proper sort of reform and partly with how to salvage aspects of tradition.

Lists with This Book. The Death of Majrooh pp. Here you will see the importance of genealogy in Afghan society and why at the end the Marxist revolution failed.


The Pech Uprising 4. Commodore Perry went over there and convinced the people of the Land of the Rising Sun that they ought to be more neighborly”rugged befoee there is a wilder country anywhere on earth today than Afghanistan, I know not of it”and inhabited by tribesmen reputed to be as ferocious as any on earth “So deep is their love of jihadd that when fo can’t pick a quarrel with outsiders, they snipe back and forth across their hills and carve each other, just to keep in practice”Afghanistan was the perfect location for Thomas’s brand of derring-do, and he could see that its frontier tribes were every bit the equal of the North Arabian Bedouin who had provided such a handsome supporting cast for Major Lawrence.

As university students during the period of political turmoil in the s and s, Safi and Qazi Amin became involved in radical reform movements, but both also kept a foot in the world of their fathers, which for Safi was his tribal homeland in the Pech Valley and for Qazi Amin was the universe of religious schools. For Thomas’s tastes, India was altogether too tame; however, adventure beckoned just over the border to the west in “forbidden Afghanistan.

Sommaire – Document suivant. The film was entitled Naim and Jabar, and it was the account of two boys who lived in the village of Aq Kupruk in northern Afghanistan. Fluent in a number of local languages and reportedly prone to dressing up in native dress and disappearing for days at a time in the native suq, Yeats-Brown was also an aviator and war hero, having been shot down behind Turkish lines during the war.

The effect of this second wave of attention was to change people’s minds about who it was the United States had been supporting and what those bearded men really wanted.


Typical of the progressive culture of the court, men and women bedecked in exotic finery intermingle as they line up to have their picture taken.

Rumi’s recurring lament centers on his separation from the Beloved, and Westerners sometimes imagine that he is writing about a human love object. In their focus on the sensational and grotesque, the media led the public to assume, in essence, that “since all we ever hear about is violence, this must just be the way Afghans really are, the way they have always been, and the way they will continue to be.

This was especially the case after the Soviet invasion inwhen Afghans were perceived as standing up single-handedly to a superpower. To attain this ob j ective the author tries to frame his own exercise in historical understanding in genealogical terms. Retrospectively, it is evident that ruptures in the resistance between tribes and parties and among the parties that developed in the immediate aftermath of the Marxist revolution and Soviet invasion created the conditions for the later triumph of the Taliban.

Nor did I fully grasp until seeing the film a decade later that it was boys like Naim and Jabar, as well as my own English-language students, who provided the bulk of the membership of both the Marxist and radical Islamic parties that plunged Afghanistan into its quarter century of crisis.

But few of those funds were making their way to the local level, and most educated Afghans were finding their life prospects little improved by the presence of foreign agencies. On the streets of Mazar-i Sharif, however, the turban suddenly represented something else—something in his present condition that he would have jettisoned if he could. This movement culminated in the transformation of the Taliban student militia, which took control of most talban Afghanistan, including the capital of Kabul, ininto the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

The Death of Majrooh Epilogue: With time on his hands, Thomas’s ever-fretful cameraman worried aloud about the impending meeting. Even individuals selected for this method do not represent the variety of Afghan society.