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Introduction

David B. Edwards

in Heroes of the Age

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 1996 | ISBN: 9780520200630
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916319 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520200630.003.0001
Introduction

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This book is about the lives of three great men from Afghanistan's past. It is also about the stories Afghan people tell one another about the past—stories in which men of quality are tested and, by dint of their single-mindedness, their courage, and their capacity demonstrate the qualities of person and action by which greatness is achieved. The three men are a tribal khan, a Muslim saint, and a royal prince who became Afghanistan's king. Throughout the book, the discussion deals with the articulation of moral authority in Afghan society and the contradictions which different moral systems pose to one another and to themselves. The book also aims to shed light on the sources of contemporary civil strife in Afghanistan.

Keywords: Afghanistan; tribal khan; Muslim saint; moral authority; Afghan society; civil strife

Chapter.  14435 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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