Tackling centuries of misconceptions

The prevalent narrative view of Afghanistan holds that it is a nation incapable of being tamed. Yet Thomas Barfield sheds a considerable amount of light on how Afghans, who still have deep ethnic schisms amongst themselves, have somehow still managed to achieve a modicum of cohesion in this fascinating and troubled country.

Avinash Gavai
Published: Wednesday, 05/19/2010 12:00 am EDT

The prevalent narrative view of Afghanistan holds that it is a nation incapable of being tamed. Yet Thomas Barfield sheds a considerable amount of light on how Afghans, who still have deep ethnic schisms amongst themselves, have somehow still managed to achieve a modicum of cohesion in this fascinating and troubled country.

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