The Making of Sultan Muhammad Khan

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:
The Making of Sultan Muhammad Khan

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This chapter begins with Samiullah Safi's stories about his father and the various stages that his life had passed through including a childhood spent in exile in distant parts of the country, student days at Kabul University during the era of protests and demonstrations in the mid-196os, his career as a leader of the anti-government resistance in the Pech Valley after the Marxist Revolution in 1978, and finally his exile to Peshawar. The one about Sultan Muhammad's revenge, reveals more about the irreducible values of tribal culture than any other story that Safi ever told. Three scenes in particular stand out as extreme, even to Afghans brought up on stories of feud and retribution. They are Sultan Muhammad's denial of his father's dying request, the blinding of his mother; and the slaughter of the seven sons in the guest house.

Keywords: Sultan Muhammad; Samiullah Safi; tribal culture; father and son; revenge

Chapter.  20964 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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