Analysis Of Albert Camus ' The Plague Essay

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“The evil in this world comes almost always from ignorance. Goodwill can cause as much harm as ill-will, if it lacks understanding.” Wrote Albert Camus in the plague. Today, more than ever, this quote is relevant in the context of Afghanistan, a country in the crossroads between South and Central Asia, country mired in conflict of varying intensity since 1979. In the history of Afghanistan, a state, in order to be deemed as legitimate, had to satisfy three preconditions. Firstly, it had to be a broker between clans, tribes and ethnic groups. Secondly it had to deliver basic security and ensure secure access to public services and infrastructure. Lastly, it had to embody the concept of Afganistan as an independent Islamic territory . The West caricatures Afghans as hirsute warriors, wild-eyed extremists, women confined to the margins of society. But it has little relation to how the Afghans see themselves. Integral to Afghan value is Islam. Almost all Afghans are muslims and some 80 per cent of them belong to the Hanafi madhab, the most liberal school of sunni Islam . Of the rest, most are Shia. Although most Afghans are devoutly religious, they see religion as essentially a private affair, ideally conducted within a community of fellow believer but not something dictated by state. Key to understanding the Afghan concept of identity is that it formed in relation to others: to the family, to community, to tribe or ethnic group. A person’s sense of self and place in the
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