The Advent of Security


Ẓuhūr al-amān (The advent of security) is a book on civics published during the reign of Ammanullah Khan (1919–29) as amir of Afghanistan. The book’s title pays homage to the name of Ammanullah Khan himself. In its treatment of the duties of the members of Afghan society to the ruler and to each other, Ẓuhūr al-amān appears to highlight the challenges faced by Ammanullah Khan in his efforts to modernize Afghanistan. The book is divided into more than 30 short chapters describing the rights and responsibilities of the ruler, of persons living within a family unit, and of members of Afghan society as a whole. Some sections, such as one on the rights that are to be afforded to the king (uquq-i lazima bar padishah), are further divided into subsections. The book begins with several chapters on religious matters, including those on tauhid (the unity of God), on ʿibada (worship), and on fahm-i sharīʿat-i rasūl ʿalayhi al-salām (the sharia). Ẓuhūr al-amān was published on October 11, 1923, by the then newly established Ministry of Education. The author of the work, a religious scholar by the name of ʿAbd al-Haqq, lists his father as ʿAbd al-ʿAziz from the village of Lower Arghanda in the township of Paghman, near Kabul.  He highlights, as well, his tribal affiliation with the well-known Pushtun tribe of Suleimankhel.

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Ministry of Education Press, Kabul

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ظهور الامان / عبد الحق المعترف بالتقصير

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128 pages ; 21 centimeters

Last updated: January 10, 2018