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Afghanistan and Central Asia Research Information

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Book Chapters & Policy Papers

"Afghanistan’s Alternatives for Peace, Governance and Development: Transforming Subjects to Citizens & Rulers to Civil Servants," The Center for International Governance Innovation, The Afghanistan Papers, No. 2, (2009). PDF

"Afghanistan from 1919: From Failed Modernization and Failed-State to a Post-Taliban Militia-State," in Chase F. Robinson, ed., The New Cambridge History of Islam, Vol. 5 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 542-557. PDF | PDF (Persian)

"Afghanistan to 1919: From Durrani Empire to a Buffer State," in Chase F. Robinson, ed., The New Cambridge History of Islam, Vol. 5 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 203-211. PDF | PDF (Persian)

"Afghanistan: State and Society in Retrospect," in Ewan Anderson and Nancy Dupree, eds., The Cultural Basis of Afghan Nationalism (London and New York: Pinter Publishers Limited, 1990), pp. 41-49. PDF

"Afghanistan's Muhajirin (Muslim 'Refugee-Warriors'): Politics of Mistrust and Distrust of Politics," in E. Valentine Daniel and John Chr. Knudsen, eds., Mistrusting the Refugees (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1995), pp. 187-206. PDF

"Causes and Context of Responses to the Saur Revolution in Badakhshan," in M. Nazif Shahrani and Robert L. Canfield, eds., Revolutions & Rebellions in Afghanistan (Berkeley, CA: Institute of International Studies, 1984), pp. 139-69. PDF

"Ethnic Relations Under Closed Frontier Conditions: Northeast Badakhshan," in William O. McCagg, Jr. and Brian D. Silver, eds., Soviet Asian Ethnic Frontiers (New York, NY: Pergamon Press, 1979), pp. 174-192. PDF

"Growing in Respect: Aging Among the Kirghiz of Afghanistan," in Pamela T. Amoss and Stevan Harrel, eds., Other Ways of Growing Old: Anthropological Perspectives (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1981), pp. 175-191. PDF

"Honored Guest and Marginal Man: Long-Term Field Research and Predicaments of a Native Anthropologist," in Don D. Fowler and Donald L. Hardesty, eds., Others Knowing Others: Perspectives on Ethnographic Careers (Washington D.C. and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994), pp. 15-67. PDF

"Introduction: Marxist 'Revolution' and Islamic Resistance in Afghanistan," in M. Nazif Shahrani and Robert L. Canfield, eds., Revolutions & Rebellions in Afghanistan (Berkeley, CA: Institute of International Studies, 1984), pp. 3-57. PDF

"Islam and the Political Culture of 'Scientific Atheism' in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Future Predicaments," in Michael Bourdeaux, ed., The Politics of Religion in Russia and the New States of Eurasia (M.E. Sharpe, 1995), pp. 273-292. PDF

"Local Knowledge of Islam and Social Discourse in Afghanistan and Turkistan in the Modern Period," in Robert L. Canfield, ed., Turko-Persia in Historical-Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991), pp. 161-188. PDF

"Pining for Bukhara in Afghanistan: Poetics and Politics of Exilic Identity and Emotions," in Timur Kocaoglu, ed., Reform Movements and Revolutions in Turkistan 1900-1924: Studies in Honour of Osman Khoja (Haarlem, Netherlands: SOTA, 2001), pp. 369-391. PDF

"Socio-Cultural Implications of Changing Patterns of Residential Features in Upland Lapakahi," in H. David Tuggle and P. Bion Griffin, eds., Lapakahi, Hawaii: Archaeological Studies (Honululu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 1973), pp. 295-307. PDF

"State Building and Social Fragmentation in Afghanistan: A Historical Perspective, in Ali Banuazizi and Myron Weiner, eds., The State, Religion, and Ethnic Politics: Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1986), pp. 21-74. PDF

"Taliban and Talibanism in Historical Perspective," in Robert D. Crews and Amin Tarzi, eds., The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008). PDF

"The Future of the State and the Structure of Community Governance in Afghanistan," in William Maley, ed., Fundamentalism Reborn? (London: C. Hurst & Co., 1988), pp. 212-242. PDF

"The Kirghiz Odyssey," in Jane E. Aaron, ed., Odyssey: The Human Adventure (Boston, MA: Public Broadcasting Associates, 1981), pp. 16-19. PDF

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M. Nazif Shahrani is a Professor of Anthropology and Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington.

He can be reached at shahrani@indiana.edu.

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