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Afghanistan's IslamFrom Conversion to the Taliban$
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Nile Green

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294134

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294134.001.0001

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Glossy Global Leadership

Glossy Global Leadership

Unpacking the Multilingual Religious Thought of the Jihad

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Afghanistan's Islam

Simon Wolfgang Fuchs

University of California Press

This chapter takes a fresh look at religious arguments and debates in the context of the Afghan Jihad of the 1980s and early 1990s. Drawing on unexplored journals published by various Mujahidin parties in Persian (Dari), Urdu, Arabic, and English, it questions the common view of Afghans being exclusively at the financial and intellectual mercy of their foreign backers. Instead, I show how Afghan participants in the Jihad emphasized the international calling and the global implications of their own military and political efforts. I also argue that the experience of the Jihad gave rise not only to new conceptions of the individual, the family, and the nation. It also sparked critical reflections on the future political structure of a liberated Afghanistan that differed notably from ideological visions penned by Arab authors based in the borderlands straddling Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Keywords:   Afghanistan, Islam, Jihad, Political Islam, Afghan Political Parties, Sunni-Shiʻi Sectarianism, Afghan-Arabs, Urdu, Arabic, Persian

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