These stories were collected in the tribal areas of the Pakistan-Afghan border, a region once described as ‘the last free place on earth’, where the caravan routes from Persia, India and China historically converged.
With a blend of wit, fantasy, comedy and romance, these tales reflect the Pashtun code of honour and way of life, now seriously threatened by social changes and political upheaval.
About the Contributors
Aisha Ahmad obtained her PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has done research on Pashtun women in the tribal areas and has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization.
Roger Boase is an honourary Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. He is an editor of Pashtun Tales, Islam and Global Dialogue: Religious Pluralism and the Pursuit of Peace, and the author of The Origin and Meaning of Courtly Love and The Troubadour Revival
‘Witty, macabre, beautiful and poignant … populated by dozy princes and charming demons, these ancient tales are characterised by yearning: the desire for a past Eden to become a future utopia.’
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‘The first substantial anthology of Pashtun tales, scrupulously edited. The stories retain a power to charm and shock by turns.’
‘The authors of this volume have performed a great service. This utterly charming, beautifully illustrated book is wonderful food for the imagination.’