In 1978 and 1979 revolutions in Afghanistan and Iran marked a shift in the balance of power in South West Asia and the world. Then, as now, the world is once more aware that tribalism is no anachronism in a struggle for political and cultural self-determination. This books provides historical and anthropological perspectives necessary to the eventual understanding of the events surrounding the revolutions.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Richard Tapper 2. State, Tribe and Empire in Afghan Inter-Polity Relations Rob Hager 3. Khan and Khel: Dialectics of Pakhtun Tribalism Jon W. Anderson 4. Tribes and States in the Khyber, 1838-42 Malcolm Yapp 5. Tribes and States in Waziristan Akbar S Ahmed 6. Political Organisation of Pashtun Nomads and the State Bernt Glatzer 7. Abd Al-Rahman’s North West Frontier: The Pashtun Colonisation of Afghan Turkistan Nancy Tapper 8. Why Tribes Have Chiefs: A Case from Baluchistan Philip Carl Salzman 9. Iran and the Qashqai Tribal Confederacy Lois Beck 10. Tribes, Confederation and the State: An Historical Overview of the Bakhtiari and Iran Gene Garthwaite 11. On the Bakhtiari: Comments on ‘Tribes, Confederation and the State’ Jean-Pierre Digard 12. The Enemy Within: Limitations on Leadership in the Bakhtiari David Brooks 13. Kurdish Tribes and the State of Iran: The Case of Simko’s Revolt Martin van Bruinessen 14. Nomads and Commissars in the Mughan Steppe: The Shahsevan Tribes in the Great Game Richard Tapper 15. The Tribal Society and its Enemies Ernest Gellner 16. Tribe and State: Some Concluding Remarks Andrew Strathern
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