Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Best books on history of Pashtuns [Recommendations]

The Pathans  by Sir Olaf Caroe

 Its the best comprehensive book on history of Pashtuns from earliest times to 1957. Its author Olaf Caoe (1892-1981), was governor of NWFP (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) for a year or two. It covers the following topics,

 You can buy it here  The Pathans: 550 B.C.- A.D. 1957 
  Its scanned pages can be read online on

Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History by Thomas Barfield

 Its a great read, a quality book about history of Afghanistan. The reviews for the book are given in the link to Amazon here

The contents of the book are

Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War Against the Taliban by Stephen Tanner

 The title says it all. The reviews for the book are given in the Amazon here.  

The contents of the book are,



Following are the book recommended for those readers who want to study deep history of Pashtuns. Click the Links, of Amazon and google books (those with limited preview) with each book , to check the reviews and details about it.

1- Sher Shah Suri: A Fresh Perspective

2-  Sher Shah Suri and his dynasty

3-  Sayyid Ahmad Barailvi: His Movement and Legacy from the Pukhtun Perspective

4A History of Pashtun Migration, 1775-2006

5- The Rise of the Indo-Afghan Empire, c.1710-1780 (The book is available with limited preview in Google books here)

6-  Pashtun Tales: From the Pakistan-Afghan Border (not a history book but recommended)

7- Ahmad Shah Durrani: Father of modern Afghanistan (The the scanned book is available for free in Punjab digital library)

8- Bannu or our Afghan frontier       (It is available as free ebook on