Afghanistan In Ink uses a wide and largely unknown corpus of twentieth century Afghan Dari and Pashto literature to show not only how Afghans have reflected on their modern history, but also how the state has repeatedly sought to dominate the ideological contours of that history through the patronage or exile of writers. Drawing on an abundance of Afghan language sources, the chapters by leading international experts reveal a disruptive twentieth century dynamic between the importing of multiple conflicting ideologies through literary globalisation and the destabilisation of the state as a consequence of these literary and ideological flows. As the first scholarly survey of modern Afghan literature, Afghanistan In Ink places the twentieth century's itinerant and exiled Afghan writers into their transnational contexts to trace Afghan artistic and ideological interactions with Muslim and Western nations. The volume emphasises the study of literatures in their social and political contexts. With its extensive contextualising introduction, this book provides both specialists and non-specialists with unique 'inside' perspectives on the interweaving of religious, political and cultural debates that have shaped modern Afghan society.
Nile Green is Professor of South Asian and Islamic History at UCLA and chair of the UCLA Program on Central Asia. His research focuses on the history and literature of the Muslim communities of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and the Indian Ocean. His books include Indian Sufism since the Seventeenth Century and Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the West Indian Ocean. Nushin Arbabzadah is a Research Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. Raised in Afghanistan, she writes regularly on Afghanistan for The Guardian. Her books include No Ordinary Life: Being Young in the Worlds of Islam and From Outside In: Refugees in British Society.
1. Introduction: Afghan Literature between Diaspora and Nation Nile Green 2. Modernizing, Nationalizing, Internationalizing: How Mahmud Tarzi's Hybrid Identity Transformed Afghan Literature Nushin Arbabzadah 3. The Afghan Afterlife of Phileas Fogg: Space and Time in the Literature of Afghan Travel Nile Green 4. Demarcating Pashto: Cross-border Pashto Literature and the Afghan State, 1880-1930 Thomas Wide 5. Ambiguities of Orality and Literacy, Territory and Border Crossings: Public Activism and Pashto Literature in Afghanistan, 1930-2010 James Caron 6. The Poetry and Prose of Pazhwak: A Critical Look at Traditional Afghanistan Chaled Malekyar 7. Mastering the Ego Monster: Azhdaha-ye Khodi as an Allegory of History Wali Ahmadi 8. Lyric Realism: Poetic Reflections of Refugee Life in Iran Zuzanna Olszewska 9. Afghanistan and the Persian Epic Shahnama: Historical Agency and the Epic Imagination in Afghan and Afghan-American Literature Shafiq Shamel 10. Gnomics: Proverbs, Aphorisms, Metaphors, Key Words and Epithets in Afghan Discourses of War and Instability Margaret A. Mills