Preface and Acknowledgments

in The History of Afghanistan Online

(2,338 words)

The project to translate Sirāj al-tawārīkh began in the late autumn of 1967. I had just graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in Oriental Studies and had been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to go to Afghanistan to research the reign of Amir ʿAbd al-Rahman Khan. Having written my senior thesis on the amir’s “modernization” efforts, my plans were to expand that in some way. But, really, I had very little idea about what I was doing. Connie, my wife of barely a year, and I we...

The History of Afghanistan Online

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