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Author Haroon, Sana.

Title Frontier of faith : Islam in the Indo-Afghan borderland / Sana Haroon.

Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, 2007.

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Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection Harmon  954.912035 H23f 2007    ---  Lib Use Only
Description xv, 254 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-247) and index.
Summary "Frontier of Faith examines the history of Islam, especially that of local mullahs, in the North-West Frontier, a largely autonomous zone straddling the boundary of Pakistan and Afghanistan, from the late nineteenth century to the present. Haroon's book is also highly relevant to the present, given that the area in question is now said to be the likely hiding place of Al Qaeda and its local Afghan and Pakistani allies. The Tribal Areas was established as a strategic buffer zone for British India, but the impact of colonial rule was minimal. The autonomy that resulted emphasised the role and importance of the local mullahs, who jealously protected the powers they accrued to themselves. After the partition of India in 1947, the Tribal Areas maintained its status as an autonomous region in both the Afghan and Pakistani imaginations and cartographic descriptions. The mullahs contributed to armed mobilisations over the next half century, in return for which nationalist actors protected their vested interest in regional autonomy. Thus the region became the hinterland of successive, contradictory jihads in support of Pakhtun ethnicism, anti-colonial nationalism, Pakistani territorialism, religious revivalism, Afghan anti-Soviet resistance, and latterly anti-Americanism. Haroon s book is thus essential reading for all those wishing to understand the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands today and the role played there by the mullahs and their allies."--Jacket.
Contents Ethnography, Cartography and the Construction of the North-West Frontier Tribal Areas -- Encountering the tribe: ethnographic understanding of the Pakhtun north-west -- Constructing the frontier -- Delimitation of the Durand Line and the separation of the 'British-side tribe' from Afghanistan -- The creation of the Tribal Areas -- Colonial ethnography -- An inadvertent arena-Yaghistan, 'land of the free' -- Islamic Revivalism and Sufism among the Tribal Pakhtuns -- Discourses of authenticity: the tazkirah and the Sufi silsila -- Pirs and Sufis among the Pakhtuns up to the nineteenth century -- The pirimuridi line of Akhund Abdul Ghaffur: institution and ideology -- The Hadda Mulla Najmuddin -- Haji Turangzai and the perpetuation of the Hadda Mulla's line -- Amr-bil maruf-mobilising the revivalist agenda -- The Hadda Mulla's line in the Tribal Areas -- Religious Authority and the Pakhtun Clans -- The mullas' authority and village-based religious practice -- The mullas and tribal inter-relations -- Unanimity among the mullas -- The militarisation of religious authority -- Patrons of the Saints -- Darul Ulum Deoband and the Tribal Areas -- Nationalist Afghanistan and the Tribal Areas mullas -- Amanullah's policies after the Wars -- The revolts of 1924 and 1928 and the utility of Amanullah's patronage -- Consolidating Autonomy 1923-1930 -- The Waziristan and Khyber resistances -- The valorisation of Ajab Khan Afridi -- The Mohmand blockade 1926-1927 -- Containing the Malakand states -- Mulla Mahmud Akhunzada and the Shias of Orakzai -- Confronting the Nation, 1930-1950 -- Administered districts politics and the Afridi mobilisation of 1930 -- The Faqir of Ipi -- The War and the new politics of partition -- Kashmir and the first Indo-Pakistan War -- The Pakhtunistan movement -- An autonomous national frontier -- Epilogue-Islamists and the Utility of Autonomous Space: From the Afghan Jihad to Al-Qaeda.
Subject Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan) -- Politics and government.
Islam and politics -- Pakistan -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Islam -- Pakistan -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Islam. (OCoLC)fst00979776
Islam and politics. (OCoLC)fst00979879
Politics and government (OCoLC)fst01919741
Pakistan -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. (OCoLC)fst01864825
ISBN 9780231700139 (hardback ; alk. paper)
023170013X (hardback ; alk. paper)

 
    
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