By Mike Martin
An Intimate battle tells the tale of the final thirty-four years of clash in Helmand Province, Afghanistan as noticeable in the course of the eyes of the Helmandis. within the West, this era is usually outlined via varied lenses - the Soviet intervention, the civil conflict, the Taliban, and the post-2001 nation-building period. but, as skilled via neighborhood population, the Helmand clash is a perennial one, concerning a similar contributors, households and teams, and pushed through a similar arguments over land, water and tool. This ebook - in keeping with either army and study adventure in Helmand and a hundred and fifty interviews in Pashto - deals a really varied view of Helmand from these within the media. It demonstrates how outsiders have almost always misunderstood the continuing fight in Helmand and the way, in doing so, they've got exacerbated the clash, perpetuated it and made it extra violent - exactly the contrary of what used to be meant whilst their interventions have been introduced. Mike Martin's oral heritage of Helmand underscores absolutely the central of knowing the hugely neighborhood, own, and non-ideological nature of inner clash in a lot of the 'third' global.
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Jews were minting coins for these counts in the eleventh century, and some gold coins were named after the Jewish goldsmith who executed them. 8 A roster of the Jewish households of Barcelona, compiled in 1079, contains about sixty names, and the community at this time already had a long tradition behind it. The texts of the distinctive Hebrew shetarot (legal instruments), in use in legal transactions between members of the community, formed the basis, in the beginning of the twelfth century, for the well-known treatise, Sefer ha-Shetarot, by Judah ben Barzilai al-Barceloni.
Children of Christian female slaves by their Jewish masters were to be brought up as Christians. Jews who accepted Christianity were to retain their property. The clear purpose of the law was to prevent proselytization by Jews and to encourage their own conversion. Full enforcement of this law would have shaken the foundations of the economic life of the Jews. They were excluded from the natural social structure as it existed at the end of the Roman period. under the new conditions, deprived of slaves and tenants, it became virtually impossible for them to cultivate or even own large estates.
4 In any case, land was the basis of the economy and social position of the Jews. ”5 There were no legal limitations on the acquisition of land by Jews. They held their land in allodial ownership or under lease. The same laws which governed the sale and lease of land among Christians applied also in transactions of this kind between Jews and Christians and even between Jews and ecclesiastical institutions. The urban life of Barcelona began to flourish about this time, and the Jews were an integral part of it.
An Intimate War: An Oral History of the Helmand Conflict by Mike Martin