A Passage to Nuristan: Exploring the Mysterious Afghan Hinterland
By: Nicholas Barrington, Joseph T. Kendrick, Reinhard Schlagintweit
In Afghanistan's Nuristan region (formerly Kafiristan--Land of Infidels), the spectacular mountains and lush but inaccessible valleys have, for centuries, been home to one of the world's least known peoples. The Nuristanis were only converted to Islam at the end of the nineteenth century. "A Passage to Nuristan" is the story of three young westerners - a Briton, an American and a German - who in 1960 set out to penetrate a land that few westerners had set eyes on. Unable to rely on maps or information on what would confront them, they were guided step by precarious step into the unknown world previously immortalised by Kipling's "The Man Who Would be King". This is the contemporary record - now published for the first time - of their journey.