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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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Writing National History

Writing National History

Afghan Historiography in the Twentieth Century

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Afghan History Through Afghan Eyes

Senzil Nawid

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 takes up the dynamic fusion of ideas between the French archaeologists and the nationalizing historians who from the 1930s constructed startlingly different models of the “who and where” of Afghanistan. In this rich survey of Afghan historical writing between the 1930s and 1980s, Senzil Nawid charts the rise of antiquarianism, Aryanism, liberalism and finally socialism that shaped five dynamic decades of debate among the Afghan intelligentsia who had emerged by the mid-century through the educational projects of earlier decades. The chapter examines the first professional Afghan historical organizations, such as the Afghan Historical Society, along with its members, journals, and ideological positions.

Keywords:   Afghanistan, History, Memory, Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Islam, Persian, Historiography, History-writing

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