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Mawlawi Abdul Rab Akhunzada

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Mawlawi Abdul Rab Akhundzada served as personal mulla to Amir Habibullah Khan. He took a leading role in the new Teachers' Training Institute, or Darul Mu'allimin, as well as in the new elementary school system. His juridical prominence was sufficient for the poet Abdul Hadi Dawi to write, looking back on the Habib Allah era in the pages of the newly-established paper Aman-i Afghan, that the loss of Amir Habibullah, Mawlawi Abdul Rab, and the Sufi leader Zia Ma'sum created great voids in the realm of "rulership, law, and religious brotherhoods", respectively.


Among his works, Abdul Rab published a series of doctrinal texts on the divine right of monarchs in a new public forum: the second publication run of the paper Siraj al-Akhbar headed by the prominent young intellectual Mahmud Tarzai (a member of the royal family) and founded by Abdul Rab's father Abdul Rauf Akhundzada. It is clear that the Akhundzadas cultivated a close long-term relationship with Tarzai's family, though the full nature of that relationship is less clear.


References

  • CULTURAL HISTORIES OF PASHTUN NATIONALISM, PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY IN MONARCHIC AFGHANISTAN, 1905-1960 by James M. Caron