The History of Afghanistan (11 vol. set)

Fayẓ Muḥammad Kātib Hazārah’s Sirāj al-tawārīkh, Volumes 1-4

Robert McChesney
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Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami
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The Sirāj al-tawārīkh is the most important history of Afghanistan ever written. It was commissioned as an official national history by the Afghan prince, later amir, Habib Allah Khan (reigned 1901-1919). The author, Fayz Muhammad Khan, better known as “Katib” (The Writer), was a scribe at the royal court. For more than twenty years, he had full access to government archives and oral sources and thus presents an unparalleled picture of the country from its founding in 1747 until the end of the nineteenth century. The roots of much of the fabric of Afghanistan’s society today—tribe and state relations, the rule of law, gender issues, and the economy—are elegantly and minutely detailed in this immense work. This set comprises the complete volumes 1-4 (in 11 parts) of the Sirāj al-tawārīkh.

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R.D. McChesney, Emeritus Professor, New York University, is the author of Waqf in Central Asia (1991), Central Asia: Foundations of Change (1996), Kabul Under Siege (1999), and numerous articles and book chapters. He is also founder and director of the Afghanistan Digital Library.

M.M. Khorrami, Ph.D. 1996, University of Texas, Austin, teaches Persian language and literature at New York University. His research field is contemporary Persian fiction. His publications include, among others,Modern Reflections of Classical Traditions in Persian Fiction (2003).
The work is of unparalleled significance to anyone studying the social, political, and economic history of Afghanistan, as well as modern Afghan society and its roots in tribe and state relations, the rule of law, gender issues, the economy.
Volume 1: The Saduzaʾi Era, 1747-1843
Volume 2: The Muhammadzaʾi Era, 1843–1880
Volume 3, Part One: The Reign of Amir ʿAbd al-Rahmān Khān, 1880-1889
Volume 3, Part Two: The Reign of Amir ʿAbd al-Rahmān Khān, 1889-1893
Volume 3, Part Three: The Reign of Amir ʿAbd al-Rahmān Khān, 1893-1896
Volume 3, Part Four: The Reign of Amir ʿAbd al-Rahmān Khān, 1880-1901, and
Appendices, Glossaries, Index, Bibliography
Volume 3 Conclusion (Tatimmah) and Volume 4, Part One: , 1896–1898
Volume 4, Part Two: 1898–1901
Volume 4, Part Three: 1901–1905
Volume 4, Part Four: 1905–1919
Volume 4, Part Five: Appendices, Glossaries, Bibliography, Index
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