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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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

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

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Akbar S. Ahmed

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Pashtun (AU04)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF 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: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 2

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. au04-002

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

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

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1972-1973

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist, Government Official-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Gerald Reid ; John Beierle ; 1987

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). late nineteenth century - 1960s

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Swat District, Pakistan

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Pushtuns


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