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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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From Patriot to Port-City Poet

From Patriot to Port-City Poet

Mahmud Tarzi in Istanbul

(p.161) 5 From Patriot to Port-City Poet
Afghan History Through Afghan Eyes

Thomas Wide

Oxford University Press

In Chapter 5 Thomas Wide examines historical themes in the late poetry of the Afghan modernist and statesman, Mahmud Tarzi. The chapter captures the ways in which a leading participant in the reformist nation-building project of the 1910s and 1920s looked back upon recent history after his exile during the double coup d’état of 1929. Written in exile in Istanbul during the last few years of his life, Tarzi’s poetic anthologies Zhulida and Pazhmurda not only show the use of poetry as an historiographical genre but also point to the role of diasporic space in constructing the history of the homeland-as-elsewhere.

Keywords:   Afghanistan, History, Middle East, Ottoman Empire, Central Asia, Islam, Persian, Poetry, Historiography, Mahmud Tarzi

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