Beyond the 'Wild Tribes': Understanding Modern Afghanistan and its Diaspora (Columbia/Hurst)

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9780231702102: Beyond the 'Wild Tribes': Understanding Modern Afghanistan and its Diaspora (Columbia/Hurst)

International and nongovernmental organizations, as well as journalists, are excellent sources of information on contemporary Afghanistan. Unfortunately, their expertise often goes untapped by those who hope to better understand the country's complexity. Beyond the 'Wild Tribes' draws on these perspectives to build a comprehensive portrait of Afghanistan and its widely dispersed peoples and cultures. Contributors cull a wealth of research, effectively collapsing the myths and stereotypes perpetuated by nineteenth- and twentieth-century European texts. Their wide-ranging essays address everything from the causes of the country's protracted conflicts to the nature and future of its musical traditions. Anyone hoping for an intimate, engaging, and uncommon encounter with an increasingly visible nation will relish the insight of this expertly crafted collection.

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About the Author:

Ceri Oeppen earned her Ph.D. at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex. Her research concerns migrant transnationalism and integration and migrants' involvement in development.

Angela Schlenkhoff earned her Ph.D. at the University of Kent, focusing on the issues of home and identity as experienced by London's Afghan population.

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The distinctiveness of Beyond the 'Wild Tribes' rests on the fact that it covers unexplored terrain. It is an ambitious volume dwelling on topics that normally do not feature in everyday discussion about Afghanistan, and its contributors distance themselves from the over-researched and overstretched debate on the Taliban and the military campaigns against it since 2001. This volume is a serious attempt by a group of dedicated scholar-practitioners to locate the ills and challenges facing Afghanistan today. Since the issues they wrestle with are timeless (in the Afghan context), their combined reflections and findings will have an enduring relevance.

(Amalendu Mishra, Lancaster University, author of Afghanistan: The Labyrinth of Violence)

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