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  1. The Building Blocks of Power Kinship Religion Economy

  2. Kinship in Istalif • Kinship boundaries: patrilineal, matrilineal, bilateral • Residence of wedded couple: patrilocal, matrilocal, neolocal • Exchanges at marriage: bride-price or bride-wealth; dowry • Why does “the donkey bray when the son-in-law arrives” (p. 97)? • Types of marriage: monogamy, polyandry, polygyny • Who does one marry: endogamy, exogamy

  3. The marriages of Malik Abdul Hamid’s sons

  4. Nabi Jan: bereft of a father, brothers, and paternal uncles

  5. Similarities: Differences: What are the similarities and differences between kinship in Fes and Istalif?

  6. Checks and Balances on the Malik’s Power

  7. Conversions of Capital(from the work of Pierre Bourdieu, a French anthropologist) • Economic capital • Social capital: allies and followers • Political capital: the ability to influence events and people • Cultural capital: • Nam: “having a good name,” honor, respectability, p. 107 • Religious capital: Qari Muhammed Rawuf who spoke to Taliban, p. 99 • Educational capital not important

  8. Yes: No: Economic capital = Political capital

  9. Yes: No: Religious capital = Political capital

  10. Warlords • Francesca’s question, Bill’s question • Some still have wealth and access to the use of violence (visibly displayed) • Some involved in national politics; some have positions in national government • Marriage alliances • Respected for fighting jihad against Soviets • Waiting international forces out and people are also waiting to see if things change in their situation. • Warlords vis-à-vis maliks, p. 131