Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1890â"1988), a Pathan (or Pushtun) of Afghanistan and a devout Muslim, raised the first nonviolent army in history to free his people from British imperial rule. He persuaded 100,000 of his countrymen to lay down the guns they had made themselves and vow to fight nonviolently. This book tells the dramatic life-story of this heroic and too little known Muslim leader. It gives at the same time a glimpse of the Pushtuns, their society, and the last hundred years of their history, and describes the rugged terrain in which they live.
Khan's profound belief in the truth and effectiveness of nonviolence came from the depths of personal experience of his Muslim faith. His life testifies to the reality that nonviolence and Islam are perfectly compatible.
Nonviolent Soldier of Islam tells Khan's life-story through narrative, 58 photos, and Khan's own words.