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« on: April 29, 2008, 08:31:01 AM »

Dorood,

I think we need a place to list all the books and other literature like academic papers, which  is useful to us as the Persians of Khurasan.

This should include everything we can find about the

Khurasan of the past
- the Khurasan that we have lost;

and also everything about the

Khurasan of today (mainly Afghanistan but  the region as a whole should be included) dealing with the modern phenomena that affects us, both positive and negative.

We ought to discover fully what we have lost from the past - and understand fully our current plight - in order that we might make well thought out and wise decisions about what to do to create a Khurasan relevant to todays world. It is very ambitious I know - but with a solid base built on sound knowledge and a thorough understanding of everything that is related Khurasan - everything will become possible.

Ahhangar Ghuri

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008, 08:34:32 AM »

Revolution Unending: Afghanistan, 1979 to the Present



http://books.google.com/books?id=3DOuOSYR4PcC&printsec=frontcover&dq=revolutions+unending&sig=tLHvmxR1YBMoeF_AMbtLM3nVIOQ

Having traveled and researched in Afghanistan since 1988, Gilles Dorronsoro has developed a rich and nuanced understanding of the country’s history and people. In Revolution Unending he draws on his extensive firsthand experience to consider the political, historical, economic, and ethnic factors that will influence Afghanistan’s future. He argues that U.S. optimism about Afghanistan following Western intervention and recent elections fails to appreciate the divisions that continue to define the country.

While not underestimating the oft-cited "ethnic factor" in Afghan politics, especially Pashtun dominance, Dorronsoro argues that class and the competition for employment and education are key factors in explaining the country's recent past. The 1990s saw the triumph of religious authorities (the ulema) and the marginalization of the traditional elites. With coalition intervention in 2001 and the subsequent deposition of the ulema-dominated Taliban, the educated elites are back in power. However, as Dorronsoro argues, patching up the country by means of short-term ethnic alliances and a new division of the spoils will only perpetuate the schisms in society. The Afghan civil war, Dorronsoro suggests, is set to continue and perhaps worsen over time.
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2008, 08:59:39 AM »

The Persian Presence in the Islamic World



http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0521591856/ref=sib_dp_pt#reader-link

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"...this volume establishes that Iran and its culture have had a deep, pervasive, and abiding influence on Islam, and through it reached such disparate regions as eastern Europe and India." Middle East Quarterly

"...this work features a prominent chapter by award recipient Ehsan Yarshater on Persian influences in the development of Islamic civilization." Middle East Journal

"What makes this volume unique is the consistently high level of outstanding scholarship throughout. It is a fitting tribute to Professor Yarshater." MESA Bulletin

"It is a masterly essay, deftly skirting the quicksands of excessive panegyric while touching significantly on every point of the Persian presence, recognized or mooted, and frequently pointing in a controversial or unexpected direction...Its specialist contributors...have given us a wealth of information, argument, and speculation; I learned a great deal, and can recommend this collection to fill several gaps in the eclectic Irano-Islamicist's library." Journal of the American Oriental Society, John R. Perry, University of Chicago

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In this volume, distinguished scholars reassess the Persian contribution to the Islamic world. The major essay by Ehsan Yarshater casts fresh light on that role, challenging the view that Islamic culture declined after the ninth century. In fact, he maintains, the adoption of Persian as the medium of literary expression meant that by the sixteenth century, Persian literary and intellectual paradigms had been cultivated in the greater part of the Islamic world. The ensuing essays are devoted to specific aspects of that contribution.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2008, 10:48:11 AM »

Iranian Nationality and the Persian Language



http://www.amazon.com/Iranian-Nationality-Persian-Language-Shahrukh/dp/0934211213

In this insightful study of Iranian cultural history and national identity, Shahrokh Meskoob, one of Iran's leading intellectuals, reviews the roles of three social classes, the courtiers and bureaucratic officials (ahl-e divan), the religious scholars (ulama), and the Muslim Gnostics (Sufi poets and writers), in the development and refinement of the Persian language during the past one thousand years and gives the reader a fresh perspective on Iranian cultural heritage and the struggle to forge a distinct national identity. Dr. Ali Banuazizi's foreword and interview with the author sets the stage for a fuller appreciation of this invaluable and wide-ranging contribution to Iranian intellectual history.
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2008, 10:55:17 AM »

Dorud,

i have posted several Google-Books abt Khurasan, the eastern Persians and their heroes, fights and enemies. With a bit of luck you can stil find them here on forum. However, the most imortant action of us should be to inform and bring Tajiks and those related people back to their original and noble roots and identity. We need more forums. In persian, german, english, russian, uzbaki, french and dutch and the entire Tajik and Persian-Speaking world will listen to us!!!! Don´t let PigToons beeing victors over you by indoctrinating and manipulating our minds and souls. Fight like Behzad Khorassani, Laith Saffari, Bahram Gowr and other warriors and heros and be another great son of blessed, Khurasanzameen.
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2008, 11:02:18 AM »

Dear Parsi,

Yes - I have seen several of them - and thank you for posting them - but you allude to the fact that with a bit of luck I might find them - which means that it would be best if we had a dedicated thread - a sticky in fact - so that it is easy to find. If we had a dedicated thread when this forum started - you would have posted your books there as I am sure others would have also.

I think this is the most important thing we can do and gain the most from - sharing our knowledge about great books on Khurasan.

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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2008, 11:15:22 AM »

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Dear Parsi,

Yes - I have seen several of them - and thank you for posting them - but you allude to the fact that with a bit of luck I might find them - which means that it would be best if we had a dedicated thread - a sticky in fact - so that it is easy to find. If we had a dedicated thread when this forum started - you would have posted your books there as I am sure others would have also.

I think this is the most important thing we can do and gain the most from - sharing our knowledge about great books on Khurasan.

Ahhangar


i wrot several times to the Admin to create ether a seperate forum or just another rubric where we can upload, sending links, videos and documentaries about everything related to Khurasan. A thing that takes only 15 second but unfortunately either they haven´t seen my posts and prfivate messages or they were ''ultra-like'' busy.
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2008, 12:32:15 PM »

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i wrot several times to the Admin to create ether a seperate forum or just another rubric where we can upload, sending links, videos and documentaries about everything related to Khurasan. A thing that takes only 15 second but unfortunately either they haven´t seen my posts and prfivate messages or they were ''ultra-like'' busy.


Well I am surprised - and am thinking what are the motivations of the admins of this forum - they have time for nonsense sticky's.

Who is the owner of the site and who are the admins?
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2008, 04:07:18 PM »

As Salamu 'alaikum

Dear friends

Are there any free books in Tajik in net?

Thank you from Chile.

Khoda Hofiz
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2008, 07:23:15 PM »

Dear Mahtem - I am afraid that there is not that many quality sources for free on the net - and that most of the books related to our topic are academic books, which tend to be very expensive. A university library near you could have  copies which you can view.

This is a list of free - full view sources about Tajik OR Tojik

http://books.google.com/books?as_brr=1&q=tajik+OR+tojik&btnG=Search+Books
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« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2008, 09:07:54 PM »

We are currently working on this site and I will add a section for books if we gather enough material in this thread.
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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2008, 09:34:20 PM »

Gul Agha - make a sticky for it - it will build up with time - and remove all comments from it that are not related to actual recommended books. Thanks.
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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2008, 09:50:14 PM »

ok, it's a sticky now.
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« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2008, 10:26:19 PM »

Organizations at War in Afghanistan and Beyond



http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/080144618X

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"After we had exchanged the requisite formalities over tea in his camp on the southern edge of Kabul's outer defense perimeter, the Afghan field commander told me that two of his bravest mujahideen were martyred because he did not have a pickup truck to take them to a Peshawar hospital. They had succumbed to their battle wounds. He asked me to tell his party's bureaucrats across the border that he needed such a vehicle desperately. I double-checked with my interpreter that he was indeed making this request. I wasn't puzzled because the request appeared unreasonable but because he was asking me, a twenty-year-old employee of a humanitarian organization, to intercede on his behalf with his own organization's bureaucracy. I understood on this dry summer day in Khurd Kabul that not all militant and political organizations are alike."--from Organizations at War in Afghanistan and Beyond

While popular accounts of warfare, particularly of nontraditional conflicts such as guerrilla wars and insurgencies, favor the roles of leaders or ideology, social-scientific analyses of these wars focus on aggregate categories such as ethnic groups, religious affiliations, socioeconomic classes, or civilizations. Challenging these constructions, Abdulkader H. Sinno closely examines the fortunes of the various factions in Afghanistan, including the mujahideen and the Taliban, that have been fighting each other and foreign armies since the 1979 Soviet invasion. Focusing on the organization of the combatants, Sinno offers a new understanding of the course and outcome of such conflicts.

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"Organizations at War in Afghanistan and Beyond is an original, penetrating, and important book; Abdulkader H. Sinno marries organizational theory to analysis of nonstate actors in situations of civil war or state disruption. This is strikingly innovative not only in respect to Afghanistan (where nothing like this has been attempted previously) but also in respect to complex transitions more generally. This is a book that no serious student of transitions from conflict can afford to ignore."--William Maley, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, The Australian National University

"In Organizations at War in Afghanistan and Beyond, Abdulkader H. Sinno makes an original contribution to the study of civil war. He takes a specific case--that of Afghanistan--and uses organizational structure as a basis for explaining how events unfolded. Readers will be especially fascinated by the narrative of what occurred in Afghanistan prior to the Taliban's rise to power. This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in either international politics or the study of organizations."--Patrick James, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies, University of Southern California .

This is a great book in helping to understand why the Taliban were so successful in taking apart all the forces against them - except for the core of Jamiat - Massoud - from it we can learn alot about the lessons of all that conflict - so a highly recommended book!
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« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2008, 03:46:19 PM »

The Dust of Empire - The Race For Mastery of the Asian Heartlands




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A "rattling good"* inquiry into the historical impact of Western involvement with Central Asia, spelling out the implications for the United States and its allies today *( New York Times Book Review ). When Charles de Gaulle learned that France's former colonies in Africa had chosen independence, the great general shrugged dismissively, "They are the dust of empire. " But as Americans have learned, particles of dust from remote and seemingly medieval countries can, at great human and material cost, jam the gears of a superpower. In The Dust of Empire , Karl E. Meyer examines the present and past of the Asian heartland in a book that blends scholarship with reportage, providing fascinating detail about regions and peoples now of urgent concern to America: the five Central Asian republics, the Caspian and the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and long-dominant Russia. He provides the context for America's war on terrorism, for Washington's search for friends and allies in an Islamic world rife with extremism, and for the new politics of pipelines and human rights in an area richer in the former than the latter.

He offers a rich and complicated tapestry of a region where empires have so often come to grief-a cautionary tale.

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This is another great book on helping to understand the shaping of the events of our region by the world superpowers.  The author got his PhD from Princeton and has taught there as well as Yale and Tufts Universities. Highly recommended. (Also, what a great choice for a cover - the sincere and courageous Habibulah)


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