• Imprint: Saqi Books
  • ISBN: 9780863566370
  • Published: April 2008
  • UK Price: £9.99
  • US Price: $14.95
  • Format: 135 x 216 mm (Demy)
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Extent: 368pp
  • Subject:

Pashtun Tales

From the Pakistan-Afghan Frontier

Edited by Aisha Ahmad and Roger Boase

These stories were collected in the tribal areas of the Pakistan-Afghan border, a region once described as ‘the last free place on earth’, where the caravan routes from Persia, India and China historically converged.

With a blend of wit, fantasy, comedy and romance, these tales reflect the Pashtun code of honour and way of life, now seriously threatened by social changes and political upheaval.

About the Editor(s)

Aisha Ahmad obtained her PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has done research on Pashtun women in the tribal areas and has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization.

Roger Boase is an honourary Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of The Origin and Meaning of Courtly Love, The Troubadour Revival, and the editor of Islam and Global Dialogue: Religious Pluralism and the Pursuit of Peace.


16 pages of colour illustration


‘Witty, macabre, beautiful and poignant … populated by dozy princes and charming demons, these ancient tales are characterised by yearning: the desire for a past Eden to become a future utopia.’ Independent On Sunday

‘The first substantial anthology of Pashtun tales, scrupulously edited. The stories retain a power to charm and shock by turns.’ Irish Times

‘The authors of this volume have performed a great service. This utterly charming, beautifully illustrated book is wonderful food for the imagination.’
The Tablet