A Journey through Afghanistan is the story, told in vivid, descriptive prose, of his experience—an account that reveals more about the Afghan people themselves than most books written either before or since.
Author: David Chaffetz
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Shortly before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, David Chaffetz slipped from the protection of Western culture and immersed himself in the customs, fears, and hopes of the Afghan people, setting out by car and on horseback for a long journey through the northwestern quarter of the country. A Journey through Afghanistan is the story, told in vivid, descriptive prose, of his experience—an account that reveals more about the Afghan people themselves than most books written either before or since.
Bringing together travel writing, war reportage, and history, this is a richly rendered portrait of a complex people. "Gripping and moving ... [a] powerful account of a war that has often been described as 'forgotten.
Author: Peregrine Hodson
Publisher: Grove Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In 1984 journalist Peregrine Hodson crossed the Pakistan border into Afghanistan with rebel mujahedin smuggling arms and ammunition, beginning a thousand-mile journey through the war-torn nation. Fluent in Farsi, he was able to observe the war with stunning intimacy and eloquently capture the essence of the Afghan people and their culture. As the travelers survived bombings by Soviet aircraft, an ambush by a rival faction, and becoming swept up in a major offensive, Hodson would come to gain a unique perspective on their hopes for peace and religious devotion. Bringing together travel writing, war reportage, and history, this is a richly rendered portrait of a complex people. "Gripping and moving ... [a] powerful account of a war that has often been described as 'forgotten.'" -- Gail Pool, The Christian Science Monitor "Will long remain the most vivid account of a strange and horrible wrong." -- Ahmed Rashid, The Independent (London) "Vivid and intriguing." -- Jonathan Kirsch, -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
On a six-month field trip, Verity Fitzhardinge spent some time working in Indian and Russian libraries, but as the major part of the trip she spent several months in Afghanistan, during which she travelled widely and adventurously through ...
Author: Verity Fitzhardinge
Afghanistan in 1966 was a stable, independent and developing country. The letters published here record an extraordinary journey through that country by an unlikely traveller, a middle-aged woman from Canberra who was engaged in research on nineteenth century British¿Russian¿Afghan history. On a six-month field trip, Verity Fitzhardinge spent some time working in Indian and Russian libraries, but as the major part of the trip she spent several months in Afghanistan, during which she travelled widely and adventurously through the country.Written to her husband in a lively and conversational style, the letters are full of incident and of description. They give a fascinating picture of a part of the world which is now much changed. They also provide an unpretentious self-portrait of a remarkable woman, independent and fearless but at the same time a warm and open-minded human being. Afghanistan and the scholars of its history owe an enormous gratitude to Verity. This volume should be read by all those who want to know about life and society in Afghanistan at the time ¿Amin Saikal, Australian National University
As U.S. Ambassador to the UN, he used his unique personal diplomacy to advance U.S. interests and values. In The Envoy, Khalilzad details his experiences under three presidential administrations with candid behind-the-scenes insights.
Author: Zalmay Khalilzad
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Zalmay Khalilzad grew up in a traditional family in the ancient city of Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. As a teenager, Khalilzad spent a year as an exchange student in California, where after some initial culture shocks he began to see the merits of America's very different way of life. He believed the ideals that make American culture work, like personal initiative, community action, and respect for women, could make a transformative difference to his home country, the Muslim world and beyond. Of course, 17-year-old Khalilzad never imagined that he would one day be in a position to advance such ideas. With 9/11, he found himself uniquely placed to try to shape mutually beneficial relationships between his two worlds. As U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, he helped craft two constitutions and forge governing coalitions. As U.S. Ambassador to the UN, he used his unique personal diplomacy to advance U.S. interests and values. In The Envoy, Khalilzad details his experiences under three presidential administrations with candid behind-the-scenes insights. He argues that America needs an intelligent, effective foreign policy informed by long-term thinking and supported by bipartisan commitment. Part memoir, part record of a political insider, and part incisive analysis of the current Middle East, The Envoy arrives in time for foreign policy discussions leading up to the 2016 election.
Whether through his encounters with poets and cab drivers or run-ins with ''pleasure daughters'' and mujahideen, again and again Jubber is drawn back to the eleventh-century Persian epic, the Shahnameh (''Book of Kings'').
Author: Nicholas Jubber
An engrossing blend of travel writing and history, Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah's Beard traces one man's adventure-filled journey through today's Iran, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, and describes his remarkable attempt to make sense of the present by delving into the past. Setting out to gain insight into the lives of Iranians and Afghans today, Nicholas Jubber is surprised to uncover the legacy of a vibrant pre-Islamic Persian culture that has endured even in times of the most fanatic religious fundamentalism. Everywhere-from underground dance parties to religious shrines to opium dens-he finds powerful and unbreakable connections to a time when both Iran and Afghanistan were part of the same mighty empire, when the flame of Persian culture lit up the world. Whether through his encounters with poets and cab drivers or run-ins with ''pleasure daughters'' and mujahideen, again and again Jubber is drawn back to the eleventh-century Persian epic, the Shahnameh (''Book of Kings''). The poem becomes not only his window into the region's past, but also his link to its tumultuous present, and through it Jubber gains access to an Iran and Afghanistan seldom revealed or depicted: inside-out worlds in which he has tea with a warlord, is taught how to walk like an Afghan, and even discovers, on a night full of bootleg alcohol and dancing, what it means to drink arak off an Ayatollah's beard.
In this enticing guide to Afghan cuisine, the Khalil sisters revisit their roots. This thoughtfully curated collection of recipes highlight the indulgent and exotic flavours of traditional Afghan fare.
Author: Laila Khalil
In their guide to Afghan cuisine, they showcase their roots in traditional cuisine by presenting a wide range of recipes that highlight indulgent and exotic flavours. In a compilation of creative traditional and family recipes that preserve authentic cuisine, the Khalils share favourites that include savoury dishes such as Naranj Palaw (rice cooked in meat stock and flavored with orange zest and pistachios), Zamarod Palaw (rice cooked with spinach), Kofta Pashan (minced-meat qorma), Borani Banjan (layered eggplant), and Sabzi (spinach qorma). Included also are recipes for dessert treats and condiments like Malida (roat crumbs garnished with pistachios), Haleem (chicken and oatmeal pudding), and Chutney (relish). In this ethnic cookbook, two sisters share traditional Afghan recipes that will motivate home cooks to embrace different cuisines and ingredients, and celebrate the family and friendship brought together at a table by a love of food.
My journey through the desert is for those seeking another kind of military story, a contemporary look from one soldier's perspective of how God sustained me through all tribulations.
Author: Roger Tharpe
My journey through the desert is for those seeking another kind of military story, a contemporary look from one soldier's perspective of how God sustained me through all tribulations. It is my desire that after reading my journal entries during the intense fighting of the war in Afghanistan, you will walk away knowing that you have heard from a soldierbut not just any soldiera soldier who loves the word of God as well as his brothers and sisters in Christ. I hope you will feel their struggle as well as mine, weep with them that weep, and enjoy the victories we have in Jesus. It is also my desire that you learn what it means to love and speak to others about Jesus, that fear would not overtake you because of differing worldviews, but that you will hear the chant of victory in Jesus' name.
Taking our stand at Merv , on the borders of Afghanistan , we are near enough to
India for our purpose — that is : to strike a blow at England if necessary . Afghanistan , which separates us , may be compared in position to Roumania ,
which in ...
Once before he had been obliged to leave the country , and now , after a nine
years ' absence , his enemies again rose up against him , but here his
ambassadorship saved him . In his journey back to Afghanistan he had been
exposed to ...
A special situation is presented by the above~mentioned l—laqqani clan, the
father Mawlawi Salaluddin l—laqqani and his son Sirajuddin l—laqqani, copied by lesser Taliban leaders. They prosper through drug smuggling from Afghanistan to ...
Author: Helmut Schwab
"Essential Writings" A Journey Through Time The journey begins with viewing the origin of our universe and following natural evolution, leading to an analysis of the human mind, our greatest asset. After a discussion of the meaning and direction in our life, thoughts are presented to guide and support us in our path, as pronouced in the biblical Beatitutes and in a meditation for nonbelievers. In the end, aging is described as one experiences it. A view to the future indicates the fundamental problems and opportunities for mankind which should concern us all. Helmut Schwab's writings result from the study of the sciences, life in business, his philosophical thought, and always deep concerns for human search, suffering, and need for light and warmth-combined with joy.
More general works are H. W. Bellew's Afghanistan of the Afghans (London,
1879), The Races of Afghanistan ... Robert Byron has written what is generally
reckoned to be the classic account of a journey to Afghanistan, in The Road to
Author: Sir Martin Ewans
Publisher: Psychology Press
Sir Martin Ewans, former Head of the British Chancery in Kabul, puts into an historical and contemporary context the series of tragic events that have impinged on Afghanistan in the past fifty years. The book examines the roots of these developments in Afghanistan's earlier history and external relationships, as well as their contemporary relevance, internally, regionally, and globally. The book also reviews in details the emergence of the Taliban, their ideology and their place within Islam, and examines Afghanistan's relevance in global issues, notably the nature of Islamic extremism, the international drugs trade and international terrorism. It ends with an analysis of the country post-Taliban.