from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of southeast Afghanistan near the Pakistan border southwest of Kabul. Perhaps founded by Alexander the Great in the fourth century B.C., the city has long been important for its strategic location on the trade routes of central Asia. Population: 325,000.
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- proper n. Alternative spelling of Kandahar.
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- n. a city in southern Afghanistan; an important trading center
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This quote from the British Agent in Qandahar comes from the June 8, 1891, entry. back
We have just seen how British occupation officers stationed in Qandahar tried in vain to evade the controlling influence exercised by Hindki bankers over the availability and interaction of different currency forms in the city.
As just noted, the everyday terms of credit provided by local Hindki bankers to the occupation army in Qandahar was 4 percent per month.
The cash-based interaction unfolded primarily in Qandahar where the British encountered unexpected difficulties from their own troops when trying to institute a currency exchange-rate change.
The Company troops in Qandahar held mainly Qandahar rupees, and they demanded to exchange them at the Company treasury at nothing less than the prevailing 133 1/3 to 100 rate.
Compounding that problem was his knowledge of local banking practices which required one-third of the total value of such a transaction in Qandahar rupees as up-front security, and he now lacked that form of money.
These figures exclude Rs. 50,000 paid monthly to Abd al-Rahman's Governor in Qandahar from April to July 1881, or a total Rs. 2,00,000. back
The first or one of the first remittances to Dost Muhammad was for Rs. 3,00,000 and the British had difficulty securing reasonable hundi exchange rates from local bankers in Qandahar to finalize the transaction "due to the insecure and confused state of Afghanistan and Qandahar."
The revolt was averted, but its threat was predicated on the ready availability of currency conversion services in Qandahar's thriving public money market.
Jita carried a kind of text referred to as a dastur al-amal or regulation on the subject of brokerage that was signed by Abd al-Rahman. 21 Even the tribal maliks or chiefs in Qandahar province, the majority of whom were Durranis and therefore ethnic affiliates and political favorites of Abd al-Rahman, were subjected to the new forms of state-paper oppression.