The Ethnic Map of Afghanistan: Historical Origins and Political Consequences
Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (Professor, History, James Madison University)
Thursday, September 14, 2017
206 Ingraham Hall
This talk considers the formatting evolution, intellectual ingredients and institutional context of the ethnic map of Afghanistan that was developed in stages in the 1960s and 1970s by American archaeologist Louis Dupree. Dupree relied upon multiple American and Afghan collaborators and the support of the American University Field Staff. The conclusion of the presentation considers how the ethnic map has framed and limited understandings of the cultural and linguistic complexity of Afghanistan.