SOAS Research Online

A Free Database of the Latest Research by SOAS Academics and PhD Students

[skip to content]

Ahmed, Akbar S. (1978) The economic and social organization of selected Mohmand Pukhtun settlements. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI:

PDF - Submitted Version
Download (26MB) | Preview


The study formulates a thesis with two separate but closely inter-connected component the first is to construct an ideal-type nodal of Pukhtun society and argue that it exists on the basis of empirically observed social groups and given certain conditions. The second is to illustrate that the modal operates successfully in spite of encapsulation by larger and different social systems. The thesis is defended by data collected from field-work conducted among the Mohmand tribe in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan. The chapters are divided into three distinct but inter-related parts. Part Ona, Chapters 1 to 3, provides the framework for the arguments contained in the study. Chapter 1 broadly outlines the theoretical and methodological framework of the study. Chapter 2 describes the ecological and administrative features within which Mohmand society is organized. The historical background of the Mohmands is discussed in Chapter 3. pert Two, Chapters 4 to 9, may be considered the core of the study in length and importance. Chapter 4 constructs an ideal-type Pukhtun model largely based on Mohmand data and another one in analytical and binary opposition to it. Chapter 5 analyses the importance of unilineal descent and types of leadership in segmentary societies. Non-Mohmand groups, such as religious and occupational groups, and their role in society are discussed in Chapter 6. Case-studies regarding agnatic rivalry and the concept of chastity of women form Chapter 7. Settlement and marriage patterns are analysed in Chapter 8. Income, consumption and expenditure patterns, based on case-studies, are discussed in Chapter 9. I shall argue that Chapters 7, 8 and 9 largely substantiate my thesis. Change, encapsulation and tribal strategy in relation to the model are the themes of Chapters 10 and 11 in Part Three. Chapter 12 discusses the conclusions of the study.

Item Type: Theses (PhD)
SOAS Departments & Centres: SOAS Research Theses > Proquest
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2018 15:12

Altmetric Data


Download activity - last 12 monthsShow export options
Downloads since deposit
6 month trend
6 month trend
Accesses by country - last 12 monthsShow export options
Accesses by referrer - last 12 monthsShow export options

Repository staff only

Edit Item Edit Item