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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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Reclaiming the Past

Reclaiming the Past

The Tawarikh-i Hafiz Rahmat Khani and Pashtun Historiography

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(p.211) 7 Reclaiming the Past
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Afghan History Through Afghan Eyes
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Robert Nichols

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190247782.003.0008

By way of analysis of a 1971 Introduction (Dibacha) to the eighteenth-century Tawarikh-i Hafiz Rahmat Khani written by the Director of the University of Peshawar’s Pashto Academy, in Chapter 7 Robert Nichols thus examines the treatment of the Afghan past in a Pakistani context of ethnic and regional nationalism that, unlike in Afghanistan, was marginalized by the state. The chapter forms a very rare case study of a Pashto language historical work to assess the historical self-perceptions of Pashtuns between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Keywords:   Afghanistan, Pakistan, History, Memory, Pashto, South Asia, Central Asia, Historiography, History-writing, Hafiz Rahmat Khan

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