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AfghanistanA Cultural and Political History$
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Thomas Barfield

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780691145686

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691145686.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Afghanistan
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Thomas Barfield

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691145686.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses an anthropological approach to examining political order in Afghanistan. Rather than casting the nation in the context of war and conquerors, this chapter views the Afghans themselves as the main players to understand the country and its political dynamics. It examines the question of how rulers in Afghanistan obtained political legitimacy over the centuries and brought order to the land, particularly through looking at how notions of power and political legitimacy in Afghanistan change over a long period of time. The chapter lays out the groundwork for a more detailed discussion on these concepts by introducing the themes and theoretical framework underpinning the book's overall arguments.

Keywords:   anthropological approach, Afghanistan, Afghans, political power, political legitimacy, political dynamics, Afghan politics

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