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War on Tribe or War on Terror? Historicizing Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2020/21, Semester 1, 2
Dr Elisabeth Leake
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Colonial South Asia:

Mukulika Banerjee, The Pathan unarmed : opposition & memory in the North West Frontier ISBN: 9780852552735 (pbk); 0852552734 (pbk); 0852552726 (hbk); 9780852552728 (hbk) (Oxford: James Currey, 2000)     

Martin Bayly, Taming the imperial imagination : colonial knowledge, international relations, and the Anglo-Afghan encounter, 1808-1878 ISBN: 9781107118058 hardback; 1107118050 hardback (Cambridge, 2016)  

Mark Condos, The Insecurity State: Punjab and the Making of Colonial Power in British India (Cambridge: CUP, 2017)     

David B. Edwards, Heroes of the Age Moral Fault Lines on the Afghan Frontier (Berkeley: University of California, 1996)  

Sana Haroon, Frontier of Faith : Islam in the Indo-Afghan Borderland  (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007)     

B.D. Hopkins, The making of modern Afghanistan ISBN: 9780230302372 (pbk.) : £18.99; 0230302378 (pbk.) : £18.99 (Basingstoke, 2008)  

B.D. Hopkins. Ruling the Savage Periphery : Frontier Governance and the Making of the Modern State (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2020)     



Faiz Ahmed, Afghanistan Rising : Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017)     

Thomas Barfield, Afghanistan : a cultural and political history (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014) (e-book requested)  


Robert D. Crews, Afghan Modern : The History of a Global Nation ISBN: 9780674495760 (e-book) (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard, 2015)    

Louis Dupree, Afghanistan  (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980)     

David B. Edwards, Before Taliban Genealogies of  the Afghan Jihad (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002)  

Nile Green and Nushin Arbabzadah, Afghanistan in ink : literature between diaspora and nation (London, 2012)    

Nile Green, Afghanistan’s Islam : from Conversion to the Taliban (California: University of California Press, 2016)    

Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, Connecting Histories in Afghanistan Market Relations and State Formation on a Colonial Frontier, (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011)  

Nivi Manchanda, Imagining Afghanistan: The History and Politics of Imperial Knowledge (Cambridge: CUP, 2020)     

Magnus Marsden and Benjamin D. Hopkins. Fragments of the Afghan Frontier (London: Hurst, 2011)     

Olivier Roy, Islam and Resistance in Afghanistan (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990 edn.)     

Barnett R. Rubin, The Fragmentation of Afghanistan : State Formation and Collapse in the International System (New Haven, CT .: Yale University Press, 1995)     

Amin Saikal, Modern Afghanistan : A History of Struggle and Survival (London: I.B. Tauris, 2012)     



Stephen P. Cohen, The Idea of Pakistan (Washington, D.C: Brookings Institution Press, 2004)     

Christophe Jaffrelot, The Pakistan Paradox : Instability and Resilience (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016)  

Ayesha Jalal, The Struggle for Pakistan - A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014)     


Regional/Global Relations:

B.D. Hopkins and Magnus Marsden, Beyond Swat: History, Society and Economy along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013)     

Artemy M. Kalinovsky, A Long Goodbye : the Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011)     

Elisabeth Leake, The defiant border: the Afghan-Pakistan borderlands in the era of decolonization, 1936-65 ISBN: 9781107571563 (paperback : alk. paper); 9781107126022 (hardback : alk. paper) (Cambridge: CUP, 2017)     

Paul M. McGarr, The Cold War in South Asia : Britain, the United States and the Indian Subcontinent, 1945-1965 (Cambridge: CUP, 2013)     

Robert J. McMahon, The Cold War on the Periphery : The United States, India, and Pakistan (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994)     

Timothy Nunan, Humanitarian invasion: global development in Cold War Afghanistan ISBN: 9781316484623 (e-book) (Cambridge: CUP, 2016)  


Contemporary Politics:

Shahzad Bazhir and Robert D Crews Under the Drones : Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012)     

Abubakar Siddique, The Pashtun question : the unresolved key to the future of Pakistan and Afghanistan ISBN: 9781849044981 (e-book) (London: Hurst & Co., 2014)   

'Abd al-Salam Zaif, My life with the Taliban ISBN: 9781849041522; 1849041520 (London, 2011) (e-book requested)  


This list was last updated on 27/07/2020