The Sirāj al-tawārīkh
is the most important history of Afghanistan ever written. It was commissioned as an official national history by the Afghan prince, later amir, Habib Allah Khan (reigned 1901-1919). The author, Fayz Muhammad Khan, better known as "Katib" (The Writer), was a scribe at the royal court. For more than twenty years, he had full access to government archives and oral sources and thus presents an unparalleled picture of the country from its founding in 1747 until the end of the nineteenth century. The roots of much of the fabric of Afghanistan's society today--tribe and state relations, the rule of law, gender issues, and the economy--are elegantly and minutely detailed in this immense work. The first three volumes of Sirāj al-tawārīkh
are published as a set consisting of 6 parts.
The previously unpublished portion of volume three and its subsequent volume four have now been published as a separate set, completing this unique resource on Afghanistan. The History of Afghanistan
is also available as a complete print set of 11 volumes, covering all four volumes of this unique resource on Afghanistan.
The complete set of 11 volumes can also be purchased as an online reference work.
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