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Morag Murray Abdullah

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Morag Murray Abdullah was the Scottish wife of Sirdar Ikbal Ali Shah. She authored My Khyber Marriage about her life in Afghanistan. Accompanying her husband on diplomatic missions after 1919, as well as journeying with him into remote mountains regions of Afghanistan, the author provided a rare glimpse of Afghan life and culture in Valley of the Giant Buddhas. The book records people, whose lives had changed little in centuries, a short time before a generation of war descended on Afghanistan. She had three children, one of whom was the writer Idries Shah.


  • Morag Murray Abdullah. My Khyber marriage: Experiences of a Scotswoman as the wife of a Pathan chieftan's son (1934 2001 edition reprint 2001
  • Valley of the giant Buddhas: memoirs and travels reprint 1999, with excerpts