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  Title Soldiers of God - Robert Kaplan   Islam in Middle Eastern countries    0 messages - 0 unread  What conclusions does Kaplan draw from the way Islam is practiced in various  Middle Eastern countries? Do you agree or disagree with his conclusions?  Kaplan tells of his distain for Islam and Islamic countries. Yet he comes to appreciate it more while living with the mujahidin. To Kaplan, “...the Afghans harbored no political insecurities and were more relaxed in their faith than Arabs or Iranians.” Since Afghanistan had never been colonized or industrialized by the West, they did not require a resurgence of Islam, they never lost it. Kaplan believes that the Afghans were more pure in their psyche, therefore more pure in their faith. After admitting his Jewish background to his companions, Kaplan was surprised to learn their tolerance. Khyber Pass    0 messages - 0 unread  What troubles did the British have in their attempts at crossing the Khyber Pass in the  1800s? What ethnic group protected the pass and what did they do for survival in the  area?  Kaplan describes many attempts to cross and control the Khyber Pass. From Alexander to Babur to the British Army, he describes the tail of Dr. William Brydon who was the only British soldier to survive the first attempt to conquer the Khyber Pass during the First Afghan War. The pass itself was controlled by a Pathan Klan called the Afridis.
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