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Poetry of the Taliban free pdf Overlooked by many as mere propaganda, the poetry of the Afghan Taliban offers unparalleled insight into the organization's wider worldview. These two hundred poems, bound together in this collection, draw upon both Afghan tradition and the nation's recent past, and seamlessly connect with the long history of Persian, Urdu, and Pashto verse. The contrast between the severity of the Taliban's ideology and its long-standing poetic tradition is nothing short of remarkable. Unrequited love, vengeance, the thrill of battle, religion, and nationalism -- even a yearning for nonviolence -- are expressed through images of wine, powerful women, and pastoral beauty, providing a fascinating perspective on the hearts and minds of Western civilization's redoubtable adversaries. Whether they are describing a wedding party annihilated by an air strike or lamenting, "we did all of this to ourselves," these poems are concerned not with politics but with identity and a full, textured, and deeply conflicted humanity. Such impassioned works -- defeated, enraged, triumphant, bitterly powerless, and bitingly satirical -- ultimately endure as a record of the war in Afghanistan. Two introductory essays contextualize the anthology's poems, relating their significance to Pashtun history and their reflection of a culture inundated by thirty years of war. Faisal Devji, noted Taliban scholar, underscores the link between these poems and the Taliban's emotional and ethical character in a preface.

About Alex Strick van Linschoten

Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn are researchers and writers who have worked in Afghanistan since 2006. Their research focuses on the Taliban insurgency and the history of southern Afghanistan over the past four decades. Their academic interests also extend to other Muslim countries. They are regular commentators on major Western news channels and editors of the acclaimed memoir of Abdul Salam Zaeef, My Life With the Taliban. Faisal Devji is university reader in modern South Asian history at St. Antony's College, Oxford University, and the author of The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics.

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Author : Alex Strick van Linschoten
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Data Published : 17 July 2012
ISBN : 0231704046
EAN : 9780231704045
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 176 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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