Saturday, October 29, 2016

The true Afghanistan


"Afghanistan" in medieval and early modern Persian sources was used in similar fashion to "Turkestan", it was a geographical term and referred to the Pakhtunkhwa/Pashtun-belt. 'Western Afghanistan' of those times was the present-day eastern Afghanistan.

The official name of the empire of Ahmad Shah Abdali and other Saddozai kings was not Afghanistan. Ahmad Shah Abdali calls himself 'Wali of Kabul' in a sanad as reproduced in Haroon Rashid's book [1] :-






 Timur Shah Durrani calls himself  'Badshah of Kabul' in a sanad as reproduced in Haroon Rashid's book [2] :-





Raverty writes : "The limits of the true Afghanistan were prescribed by the mountains bounding the Kurma'h valley and the territory of Kabul on the north, the Koh-i-Surkh on the south, the territories of Ghaznin and Kandahar on the west, and the Sulimani mountains or Koh-i-Siyah on the east." [3]


References:

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3- Tabakat-i-Nasiri, preface, p-xiv

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