Afghanistan: Past and Present (Google eBook)
Alfred Aghajanian, Peter R. Blood
Indo-European Publishing, 2007 - History - 232 pages
This volume is a rich reference source on the history and the politics of Afghanistan. It is useful for all who are interested in learning about Afghanistan's history, culture, politics, etc. It can be a comprehensive aid to students of almost all academic disciplines interested in studying and researching of many aspects of Afghanistan. The volume provides an historical overview of Afghanistan from the Pre-Islamic period through the period of Soviet intervention in the country. It describes the Afghan natural and social environment, and includes, among other subjects, discussion of ethnic groups, religion, education, health, and the country's refugee problem. In addition the book provides additional historical background and analyzes on the development of the Taliban regime and opposition to it. Finally, it provides a Summary of current information on the post Taliban era in Afghanistan.
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Page 9 - Kush area. Early in the eighteenth century, one of the Pashtun tribes, the Hotaki, seized Qandahar from the Safavids, and a group of Ghilzai Pashtuns subsequently made greater inroads into Safavid territory. The Ghilzai Pashtuns (see , ch. 2) even managed briefly to hold the Safavid capital of Isfahan, and two members of this tribe ascended the throne before the Ghilzai were evicted from Iran by a warrior, Nadir Shah, who became known as the "Persian Napoleon.