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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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Afghan Polities and the Indo-Persian Literary Realm

Afghan Polities and the Indo-Persian Literary Realm

The Durrani Rulers and Their Portrayal in Eighteenth-Century Historiography

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(p.53) 1 Afghan Polities and the Indo-Persian Literary Realm
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Afghan History Through Afghan Eyes
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Christine Noelle-Karimi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190247782.003.0002

Christine Noelle-Karimi analyzes two Persian histories written during the early Durrani period by Mahmud al-Husayni of Mashhad (in present-day Iran) and Imam al-Din Husayni of Lahore (in present-day Pakistan). Rather than presenting the Durrani Empire as a forerunner to the Afghan nation-state, Noelle-Karimi situates its historians in their own spatial horizons by showing how the historiography of the Durrani Empire emerged out of the political and literary geographies of the earlier Iranian and Indian empires from which Durrani power had itself emerged.

Keywords:   Afghanistan, History, Geography, Durrani, Khurasan, Eighteenth Century, Persian, Historiography, History-writing

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