Ahmed, Akbar S.. Millenium and charisma among Pathans: a critical essay in social anthropology

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1 Introduction

Current Questions In Theory And Method

The Pathan Framework

Political Leadership Among Swat Pathans

Part One

2 The Swat Pathans And The Theory Of Games




3 The Swat Pathan Understood

Yusufzai Social Organization: Lessons In Mystification

Territorial Divisions And Segmentary Descent Groups

Alliances, Networks And Groups

‘tarboorwali’: Agnatic Rivalry

4 The Swat Pathan Misunderstood

Concepts, Terms And Usage

Sufis, Saints And Khans

‘transactionalism’ And The Code Of The Pathans

Lineage And Stratification In Swat

The Warlords And The Wali

The Swat Universe And The Socio-demographic Base

Part Two

5 A Theory Of Pathan Economic Structure And Political Organization

‘reciprocal’ And ‘redistributive’ Economies In Tribal Societies

‘nang’ And ‘qalang’ As Symbols Of Socio-economic Categories

6 A Note On Sufic Orders And Islamic Revivalism In The Nineteenth Century

Genesis Of Sufism

Three Case-studies: The Sanusi, The Mahdi And The Akhund

Early Life And Sufic Orders

Religio-political Symbolism

The Colonial Encounter

Sufis And States

The Akhund Of Swat

Part Three

7 Millennium And Charisma Among Pathans

Thesis: Millenarian Movements In Malakand

Anti-thesis: Institutionalization Of Charisma In Swat

Social Pre-conditions And Cultural Idioms

Rival Religious Challenge

Dialectics Of Politico-symbolic Factors

Colonial Interaction

From Millennium To Statehood

Synthesis: The State Of Swat

8 Models And Method In Anthropology

The Khan's Eye-view Of The World

Dynamics Of Social Change In Swat

The Relevance Of Models In Anthropology


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Title: Millenium and charisma among Pathans: a critical essay in social anthropology

Published By: London ; Boston ; Henley: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1980, 1980. 18, 173 p.: ill.

By line: Akbar S. Ahmed

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Pashtun (AU04)

Subjects: Reviews and critiques (114); Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); History (175); Cultural participation (184); Real property (423); Status, role, and prestige (554); Classes (565); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Lineages (613); Tribe and nation (619); Chief executive (643); External relations (648); Political movements (668);

Abstract: The subject of this monograph is state formation in Swat during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In his analysis the author pays particular attention to the khans (local-level political leaders and landlords) and the political actions and leadership of the mullahs. The author approaches this subject by way of a critique of Fredrik Barth's (1959) analysis of decentralized political relations in Swat and a consideration of the colonial context of Swat state formation as part of a wider Muslim phenomenon. With regard to ethnographic information, the interweaving of theory, critique and historical description and analysis make this a difficult source to work with. This source also includes a useful chronology of Swat history.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: au04-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-164)

Field Date: 1972-1973

Evaluation: Ethnologist, Government Official-4,5

Analyst: Gerald Reid ; John Beierle ; 1987

Coverage Date: late nineteenth century - 1960s

Coverage Place: Swat District, Pakistan

LCSH: Pushtuns


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