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Land of the UnconquerableThe Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women$
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Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520261853

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520261853.001.0001

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Don't Say What, Who, and When, Say How

Don't Say What, Who, and When, Say How

Community Development and Women

(p.90) Chapter 4 Don't Say What, Who, and When, Say How
Land of the Unconquerable

Wahid Omar

University of California Press

This chapter suggests that there are ways of understanding the Afghan people other than through a Western filter, to examine how Afghans perceive events or approach a social moment and the decision-making roles of Afghan women within their communities. Afghans see the practicality of things in all aspects of life as the most important and natural approach for development. Women in Afghanistan are the guardians of oral traditions. The presented example describes the traditional way of solving problems, communicating events though community gatherings, and how planning is performed at the level of culture. Afghan women and men learn modes of behavior, rules, and customs as they are communicated and passed down through generations. Community development is about communication and the transmission of knowledge and skills.

Keywords:   Afghan women, community gatherings, planning, decision-making, community development

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