The Reign of the Iron Amir

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 Reign of the Iron Amir

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Amir Abdur Rahman, who ruled Afghanistan from 1880 until his death in 1901, was never content to command his subjects. The image that Abdur Rahman asks his subjects to survey shows five multitiered structures, each surmounted by a canopied pavilion. The five structures are arrayed in a cruciform grid, the centermost one being labeled in small letters at its base “The Government of Afghanistan.” This chapter examines in greater depth the principles of monarchical authority by which he thought that the nation should be ruled. His ability to retain power was largely a result of his having so thoroughly terrorized the population that no one dared challenge his rule, even during his last years, when he was bedridden and intermittently deranged from his various illnesses.

Keywords: Afghanistan king; Amir Abdur Rahman; royal command; monarchy

Chapter.  22054 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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