Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Boating on Kabul river, 1879




Boating on Kabul river. Caves at Chicknour. This large woodcut is from Harper’s Weekly and was published in 1879

Historical photographs of Balochs and Brahuis


Shopping party of Marri Balochs from the Bolan Pass engaged in bargain-hunting, Quetta, 1920. Photo by V.S.Manley.

Desecration of dead bodies of Pashtun Ghazis by the British


Burning the body of a Ghazi assassin outside the Peshawar Gate, Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Second Anglo-Afghan War, illustration from the magazine The Graphic , volume XIX, no 480, February 8, 1879


1899: Death warrant of Sher Dil, issued at Peshawar by a judge of the British establishment. Its not clear what crime was Sher Dil executed for. However, Summary Execution and then burning of the dead body with lime was the punishment for killing any British. They would bury the ashes of the dead in the jail premises and the family of the dead would be refused to bid final farewell in any way.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Three turbaned Afghan warriors armed with a spear, musket, and sword, c.1870



Three turbaned Afghan warriors armed with a spear, musket, and sword, c.1870. Photo by Charles Eisenmann



Sunday, September 9, 2018

An Afghan mounted, a lance held across his right shoulders, 1820



An Afghan mounted, a lance held across his right shoulders

Creation date: ca. 1820

Creation place: India


Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Blue Mosque, Mazar Sharif


The Blue Mosque, Mazar Sharif, Afghanistan, 1915-16. Photo by Oskar von Niedermayer.


The Blue Mosque, Mazar Sharif, Afghanistan, 1915-16. Photo by Oskar von Niedermayer.



A notable event during the reign of Sultan Hussain Baiqara (a Timurid ruler) was the rediscovery, in 1480 AD, the uncorrupted body of Ali bin Abi Talib, the cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad , at Khwaja Khair (now Mazar Sharif). According to some sources, an earlier mausoleum, built by Sultan Sanjar , had been destroyed by the Mongol invaders. Despite overwhelmingly historical evidence which showed that , following his assassination by Kharjites in 661 AD, Ali's remains had been interred at Kufa, Sultan Hussain Baiqra gave almost instant official recognition to the rival claims of Khwaja Khair and endowed it in an appropriately munificent fashion. [The "Ancient Supremacy": Bukhara, Afghanistan and the Battle for Balkh, by Jonathan L. Lee, page-23]

Attock fort


Attock Fort, 1919. Photo by R.B.Holmes.


Atak fort was founded by Mughal emperor Akbar in 1582. Abu Fazal, the official historian of Akbar, says ;

"The foundation of Atak Banaras was laid by his Majesty in person on the 15th Khurdad, two g'haris after midday; and the fort was called by him Atak Banaras, so that its name might correspond to Katak Banaras (Orissa, India), which forms the eastern boundary of the realm. The building was superintended by Khwajah Shamsuddin Khawafi, who had recently come from Bengal." (Akbarnama, III, p-335)


Attock Bridge, c.1919. Photo by R.B.Holmes.