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A Brief History Of Afghanistan (Brief History) by Shaista Wahab

By Shaista Wahab

A quick heritage of Afghanistan examines this countrys isolation and the way it stumbled on itself excited about 30 years of conflict and anarchy. This source offers large heritage details so readers can comprehend the problems and make expert judgments in their personal. supplying a transparent, concise account of this countrys old and cultural historical past, from 3000 BCE to the current, this insightful e-book explores the tradition and politics of the Pashtun tribes whose place of origin extends throughout a lot of Afghanistan and northern Pakistan, in addition to the Taliban insurgency and the connection among neighborhood leaders and the primary govt in Kabul.
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Shaista Wahab is a local of Kabul, the capital urban of Afghanistan. She holds levels in historical past and knowledge sciences from Kabul college, the college of recent Delhi in India, and the college of Nebraska at Omaha. She is shortly the cataloger and curator of the college of Nebraskas Arthur Paul Afghanistan assortment.

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The body is made of baked clay and is often decorated with drawings and designs. The head is covered with stretched goatskin. It is also played in Iran and Turkey. The daira is a kind of tambourine made from a wooden ring approximately 101/4 inches (26 cm) in diameter and 21/3 inches (6 cm) in depth. One side is covered with stretched goatskin. Brass rings or bells are often attached to the inner side of the wooden rim for additional sound effects. The daira is played primarily by women, who strike the skin with their hands.

The attan-i-milli, which originated as an open-air Pashtun victory dance, has been adopted as the national dance of Afghanistan, often performed at the end of a celebration. It is a circle dance performed to the accompaniment of dhol (drum) and surnai (reed pipe) in the unique “mogholi” rhythm. During the dance, the pace gradually picks up, ending with wild exuberance among those remaining on their feet. Under the Taliban, it was illegal to play musical instruments, listen to music, or dance; the law was strictly enforced by the religious police (Rasanayagam 2003, 198).

E. Shiites visit takiyakhanahs, special halls where they publicly mourn. As a further sign of mourning, devotees stage marches through the streets while beating themselves with whips, chains, and sharp objects, typically drawing blood. Jeshen (Independence, or Liberation, Day) takes place on August 18; it starts a three-day official holiday and a full week of festivities, including military parades, fireworks, music, and concerts. Jeshen marks the day in 1919 when Afghanistan won full independence from Great Britain by signing the Treaty of Rawalpindi.

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