Bazaar Politics: Power and Pottery in an Afghan Market Town by Noah Coburn

By Noah Coburn

After the autumn of the Taliban, instability reigned throughout Afghanistan. notwithstanding, within the small city of Istalif, positioned a bit over an hour north of Kabul and never faraway from Bagram at the Shomali simple, neighborhood politics remained rather violence-free. Bazaar Politics examines this doubtless paradoxical scenario, exploring how the town's neighborhood politics maintained peace regardless of an extended, violent background in a rustic facing a becoming insurgency.

At the center of this tale are the Istalifi potters, expert craftsmen knowledgeable over generations. With workshops geared up round prolonged households and pageant among workshops robust, kinship family turn into political and refined negotiations over strength and authority underscore such a lot interactions. ranging from this microcosm, Noah Coburn then investigates energy and relationships at numerous degrees, from the potters' households; to the neighborhood officers, spiritual figures, and previous warlords; and finally to the overseas group and NGO workers.

Offering the 1st long term on-the-ground learn because the arrival of allied forces in 2001, Noah Coburn introduces readers to way of life in Afghanistan via pix of neighborhood citizens and tales of his personal reports. He unearths the ways that the overseas group has misunderstood the forces riding neighborhood clash and the insurgency, misunderstandings that experience finally contributed to the political unrest instead of resolved it. even though on first blush the potters of Istalif could appear a long way faraway from overseas affairs, it's only via figuring out politics, strength, and tradition at the neighborhood point that we will then shed new gentle on Afghanistan's tricky look for peace.

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