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Fractured Bonds, Dithering Identities


Najibullah, Heela (2022). Fractured Bonds, Dithering Identities (special edition). EthnoScripts, 24(1)(17):163-179.

Abstract

This article documents how decades of conflict in Afghanistan have uprooted local families and how multiple layers of different-yet-similar war experiences are interpreted by, and continuously have an impact on, Afghans in diasporic contexts. It draws on biographic narratives of Afghan refugees who arrived in Switzerland between 1978 and 2015, spotlighting three persons and their particular entanglements with war and war stories. The article reflects on the reasons for their departure, including the fault lines or the active involvement in conflict that triggered their journey to Europe. The narratives shed light on how ordinary Afghans understand the concept of jihad, what they regard as reasons worth fighting for, how they experience ethnoscape- and foreign-country-related dimensions of Afghan conflicts, and how unspoken conflict memories affect the younger diaspora generation.

Abstract

This article documents how decades of conflict in Afghanistan have uprooted local families and how multiple layers of different-yet-similar war experiences are interpreted by, and continuously have an impact on, Afghans in diasporic contexts. It draws on biographic narratives of Afghan refugees who arrived in Switzerland between 1978 and 2015, spotlighting three persons and their particular entanglements with war and war stories. The article reflects on the reasons for their departure, including the fault lines or the active involvement in conflict that triggered their journey to Europe. The narratives shed light on how ordinary Afghans understand the concept of jihad, what they regard as reasons worth fighting for, how they experience ethnoscape- and foreign-country-related dimensions of Afghan conflicts, and how unspoken conflict memories affect the younger diaspora generation.

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Other titles:Afghan-Swiss Diaspora Conflict Narratives
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology and the Study of Religion > Institute of Religious Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:200 Religion
Uncontrolled Keywords:diaspora, Afghans in Europe, jihad, biographical narratives, mujahideen
Scope:Discipline-based scholarship (basic research)
Language:English
Date:3 December 2022
Deposited On:09 Nov 2023 07:46
Last Modified:15 Nov 2023 09:18
Publisher:Universität Hamburg. Institut für Ethnologie
Number of Pages:17
Edition:special edition
ISSN:2199-7942
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/ethnoscripts/article/view/2002/1813
Related URLs:https://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/ethnoscripts/issue/view/97 (Publisher)
https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/224080/
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  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)