Nizhādnāmah-i Afghān: Chapter One

in Supplements to The History of Afghanistan

(6,536 words)

previous section  It should be noted at the outset that Fayż Muḥammad uses several terms often interchangeably to indicate “tribe, people, or clan.” These include (with their plural forms): qawm/aqwām, qabīlah/qabāʾil, īl or ayl /īlāt or aylāt, ahl/ahālī, firqah/firaq, ṭāʾifah/ṭawāʾif, khayl/akhyāl, dastah/dastahjāt, rishtah, and shaʿbah/shuʿāb. The best that can be said is that qawm, firqah, ṭāʾifah, ahl, īl appear when speaking of large groups and shaʿbah, khayl and dastah for smaller units o...

Supplements to The History of Afghanistan

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