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Afghan History Through Afghan Eyes$
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Nile Green

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190247782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190247782.001.0001

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Tarikh-i Ahmad Shahi

Tarikh-i Ahmad Shahi

The First History of ‘Afghanistan’

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(p.79) 2 Tarikh-i Ahmad Shahi
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Afghan History Through Afghan Eyes
Author(s):

Amin Tarzi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190247782.003.0003

By focusing on the Tarikh-i Ahmad Shahi of the aforementioned Mahmud al-Husayni, in Chapter 2 Amin Tarzi presents a powerfully revisionist reading of this “first history of Afghanistan”. By working through the way in which the Tarikh-i Ahmad Shahi explained Ahmad Shah Durrani’s rise to power, his relationship with his former sovereign, the Iranian Nadir Shah Afshar and the motivations for the change of his dynastic title from Abdali to Durrani, Tarzi reconstructs the political self-conceptions of the early Durrani state. Having done so, Tarzi then looks ahead to give a critical assessment of the effects that this Durrani political economy had on the future contours of the Afghan state.

Keywords:   Afghanistan, History, Durrani, Khurasan, Central Asia, Islam, Persian, Historiography, History-writing

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