Next to nothing useful is written on this province and the people there. Many political scientists, historians, area studies specialists and other academics often rely on knowledge that is generated at the lowest level by anthropologists, journalists and others.
For even the smallest communities in Afghanistan there are detailed ethnographies available, including studies on Pashai, Kyrgyz, Wakhi, Arabs, Jat including Ghorbat and Sheikh Mohammadi , and Ismailis.
Good recent examples of this is are: Starting with Mountstuart Elphinstone, Western Orientalism incorporated and reproduced this tactfully constructed invention in locations of centralized power in Afghanistan.
Read Online. There are similar problems in the studies on ethnic groups, with many gaps in the literature. Furthermore, the clear majority of publications are studies that criticise the international forces and the development programmes in Afghanistan, as opposed to studies that generate knowledge about Afghan society a secondary consideration in most studies.
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McKiernan, the current commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, said in October 2008, "or you get back into the problems of armed militias, of support to warlords, of corrupt practices. Toggle navigation World Digital Library.
Compare the Nuristanis, then, to the Tajiks of Afghanistan. But what is actually known about these ethnic groups in terms of their culture, social structure, and political tendencies?
Physical Description 124 pages ; 23 centimeters. The point here is not to argue that the groups that have been studied do not merit that study, it is rather that those groups who have not been adequately studied comprise the large bulk of Afghanistan.
Central Command, has talked openly of this ground-up approach, telling the New York Times that "in certain areas local reconciliation initiatives hold some potential. This publication is now archived. A great example of an ethnic group overrepresented in the scholarly literature is the Nuristanis who are more accurately a group of people speaking a variety of Nuristani languages and with varying cultures who often get lumped together.
Listen to this page. Thomas Barfield, Afghanistan: All ethnic groups in Afghanistan except Farsiwans Persian speakers, including Hazaras, Tajiks must learn Farsi in order to actively participate in the civil and political society of Afghanistan.
For other groups, explanations are harder to come by. The center of Soviet resistance in the 1980s, these mountainous provinces have been home to tens of thousands of militants, many led by independent commanders with little regard for local and central governmental structures. The book is replete with uncritical and distorted invocations of formal academic concepts such as state, tribe, nation, nation state, political elites, without explicit conceptual clarity and cultural and historical specificity.
However, many Pashtuns who have lived for generations in the Dari-speaking cities, no longer relate to Pashtunwali, nor do they speak Pashto. They are traditionally associated with the areas northwest of the Hindu Kush mountain range, near the borders of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.