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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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‘The Bottomless Inkwell’

‘The Bottomless Inkwell’

The Life and Perilous Times of Fayz Muhammad ‘Katib’ Hazara

(p.97) 3 ‘The Bottomless Inkwell’
Afghan History Through Afghan Eyes

Robert D. McChesney

Oxford University Press

In Chapter 3 Robert D. McChesney provides a biographical study of the figure widely regarded as Afghanistan’s last traditional and first modern historian: Fayz Muhammad Katib. By meticulously reconstructing Fayz Muhammad’s working life as a court historian, McChesney shows the fraught political (and financial) conditions in which historical writing was produced in early-twentieth-century Afghanistan while at the same time providing a contextualization of Fayz Muhammad’s magisterial modern Afghan history book, Siraj al-Tawarikh.

Keywords:   Afghanistan, History, Middle East, Central Asia, Islam, Persian, Historiography, History-writing, Fayz Muhammad Katib, Habibullah Khan

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