eBook Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan, 3rd Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0810859270
  • ISBN-13: 9780810859272
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 585 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2003 | Published/Released April 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2003
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During almost 250 years of its existence, Afghanistan has evolved from rule by a tribal aristocracy to constitutional monarchy and people's democratic republic, culminating in the establishment of a theocracy in which power rests with the religious establishment, the ulama. A civil war, subsequent to the communist defeat in 1992, resulted in the emergence of the Taliban who intended to establish a true Islamic state. Taliban misrule, support for terrorist groups, and alliance with Osama bin Laden led to American intervention resulting in a renewed attempt to establish a broad-based democratic government.

This third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan provides researchers with updated information and considerable new material. It includes entries on major historical events, important places, leading personalities - past and present - and significant aspects of the country's culture, religion, and economy. The introduction contains an outline of Afghanistan's political history, an appendix includes a number of documents, and a comprehensive bibliography introduces the reader to additional sources. Published in print format in 2003.

About the Author:
Ludwig W. Adamec is widely known as a leading authority on Afghanistan. He is a professor at the University of Arizona and has served as the director of the Near Eastern Center for 10 years.