The emergence of political parties and political dynamics in Afghanistan, 1964-73

Faridullah Bezhan

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The 1960s in Afghanistan's history were marked by the emergence of a number of political parties, from monarchist to radical left and right. They played an important role in the social, cultural and political dynamics of the time and even the future of the country. This paper explores how political parties emerged in a country which was characterized as a tribal-peasant society with only a very small number of educated people. It also discusses why the monarch would not sign the Political Parties' Bill and how this influenced Afghanistan's political culture and led to the radicalization of the political parties. In addition, it examines how the anti-government and radical political parties managed to mobilize people and dominate the political scene while the pro-government and nationalist parties had little influence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)921-941
Number of pages21
JournalIranian Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013

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