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Afghan Craftsmen

Asta Olesen
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Hardcover 328
11.3" x 9.1" x 1.1"
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3.6 pounds
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US$ 85
Afs. 5525
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A significant but little studied aspect of life in rural Afghanistan is the restriction of certain specialized occupations to particular ethnic groups. Many communities of artisans, tradesmen and entertainers form their own descent groups - settled, nomadic or semi-nomadic. This work describes the lives and work of migrating Musalli threshers, Shaykh Mohammadi pedlars and Ghorbat sievemakers, detailing their social and historical background, as well as their interaction with settled communities. While the Musallis and the Ghorbat are specialist workers who share common descent, of Indian and probable Iranian origin respectively, the Shaykh Mohammadis have emerged as a spiritual body in Afghanistan, which over time has absorbed a number of unrelated occupational groups. All three share a low social position, economic marginality and a roving lifestyle. Their flourishing traditions of myths and legends reflect general West Asian religious folklore, and the inspiration of the Sufi mystics in traditional craft guild organization. The volume concludes with a discussion of the social structure and characteristics of nomadism.

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