02 Jan 2024 13:35

Everything mentioned under Central Asia, only even more so; religious history; the city of Ghazni, Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni, the Ghaznavid dynstay; Balkh; the "Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex".

Afghanistan is one of the Old Countries for me; more specifically my paternal grandfather is a Momand Pashtun from Shalez, in the neighborhood of Ghazni, and my father was raised in Kabul. It has never been a very easy or prosperous country, but these last two decades it has become no very rough approximation to Hell, with a third of the population dead, maimed or driven out of the country; this was known as "the great game." I now have some slight hope for it, but not much.

See also: Indian History; the Soviet Union, 1917--1991