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Heroes of the Age: Moral Fault Lines on the Afghan Frontier

David Edwards


Much of the political turmoil that has occurred in Afghanistan since the Marxist revolution of 1978 has been attributed to the dispute between Soviet-aligned Marxists and the religious extremists inspired by Egyptian and Pakistani brands of “fundamentalist” Islam. In a significant departure from this view, this book contends that—though Marxism and radical Islam have undoubtedly played a significant role in the conflict—Afghanistan's troubles derive less from foreign forces and the ideological divisions between groups than they do from the moral incoherence of Afghanistan itself. Seeking the h ... More

Keywords: Afghanistan, Marxist revolution, religious extremists, fundamentalist Islam, Marxism, radical Islam, tribal uprising, British Raj, frontier society, political association

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780520200630
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520200630.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Edwards, author