Fragments of the Afghan Frontier
ISBN : 9780199068210
Author : Marnus Marsden and Benjamin D. Hopkins
Year : 2013
Pages : 316
Binding : Hard Bound
Language : English
This is a history and ethnography of the North-West Frontier between Afghanistan and Pakistan, an area of increasing strategic interest to the West.Despite the long and intimate history of engagement along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan’s North-West, this area and its relationship to the world remain poorly understood in the popular Western imagination. Through the construction of a collage of historical narratives and intense ethnographic encounters, Marsden and Hopkins argue that the simplistic stereotypes and tropes, which too often masquerade as knowledge about the Frontier, not only conceal a more complex reality, but are also a source of the problems that local and international actors alike face there. Not some simple isolated depot of radical terrorists or instrumental tribesmen, the Frontier is a space of richly textured meaning, constructed through a history of movement of its inhabitants and their understanding of the world beyond. Fragments of the Afghan Frontier offers a corrective to simplistic understanding both of the region’s history and its current realities, leaving the reader with a deeper understanding of the ever-evolving complexity of this globally significant region.