Three Women of Herat

Author: Veronica Doubleday
Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
ISBN: 1845110269
Release Date: 2006-06-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This is a remarkable story and a poignant record of life in an Afghanistan that no longer exists.

Chasing Tales

Author: Corinne Fowler
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789401204873
Release Date: 2007-01-01
Genre: Social Science

Chasing Tales is the first exclusive study of journalism, travel writing and the history of British ideas about Afghanistan. It offers a timely investigation of the notional Afghanistan(s) that have prevailed in the popular British imagination. Casting its net deep into the nineteenth century, the study investigates the country’s mythologisation by scrutinising travel narratives, literary fiction and British news media coverage of the recent conflict in Afghanistan. This highly topical book explores the legacy of nineteenth-century paranoias and prejudices to contemporary travellers and journalists and seeks to explain why Afghans continue to be depicted as medieval, murderous, warlike and unruly. Its title, Chasing Tales, conveys the circulation, and indeed the circularity, of ideas commonly found in British travel writing and journalism. The ‘tales’ component stresses the pivotal role played by fictionalised sources, especially the writing of Rudyard Kipling, in perpetuating traumatic nineteenth-century memories of Afghan-British encounter. The subject matter is compelling and its foci of interest profoundly relevant both to current political debates and to scholarly enquiry about the ethics of travel.

Women s Writing and Muslim Societies

Author: Sharif Gemie
Publisher: University of Wales Press
ISBN: 9780708325414
Release Date: 2012-11-15
Genre: Religion

Women’s Writing and Muslim Societies looks at the rise in works concerning Muslim societies by both western and Muslim women – from pioneering female travellers like Freya Stark and Edith Wharton in the early twentieth century, whose accounts of the Orient were usually playful and humorous, to the present day and such works as Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran and Betty Mahmoody’s Not Without My Daughter, which present a radically different view of Muslim Societies marked by fear, hostility and even disgust. The author, Sharif Gemie, also considers a new range of female Muslim writers whose works suggest a variety of other perspectives that speak of difficult journeys, the problems of integration, identity crises and the changing nature of Muslim cultures; in the process, this volume examines varied journeys across cultural, political and religious borders, discussing the problems faced by female travellers, the problems of trans-cultural romances and the difficulties of constructing dialogue between enemy camps.

Reading Khaled Hosseini

Author: Rebecca Stuhr
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313355110
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Literary Criticism

Making Culture, Changing Society proposes a challenging new account of the relations between culture and society focused on how particular forms of cultural knowledge and expertise work on, order and transform society. Examining these forms of culturee(tm)s action on the social as aspects of a historically distinctive ensemble of cultural institutions, it considers the diverse ways in which culture has been produced and mobilised as a resource for governing populations. These concerns are illustrated in detailed case studies of how anthropological conceptions of the relations between race and culture have shaped e" and been shaped by e" the relationships between museums, fieldwork and governmental programmes in early twentieth-century France and Australia. These are complemented by a closely argued account of the relations between aesthetics and governance that, in contrast to conventional approaches, interprets the historical emergence of the autonomy of the aesthetic as vastly expanding the range of arte(tm)s social uses. In pursuing these concerns, particular attention is given to the role that the cultural disciplines have played in making up and distributing the freedoms through which modern forms of liberal government operate. An examination of the place that has been accorded habit as a route into the regulation of conduct within liberal social, cultural and political thought brings these questions into sharp focus. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology, cultural studies, media studies, anthropology, museum and heritage studies, history, art history and cultural policy studies.

War Exile and the Music of Afghanistan

Author: Professor John Baily
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781472415820
Release Date: 2015-08-28
Genre: Music

This new publication is the culmination of Baily’s further research on Afghan music over the last 35 years. Arranged chronologically, the narrative traces the sequence of political events - from 1978, through the Soviet invasion, to the coming of the Taliban and, finally, the aftermath of the US-led invasion in 2001. He examines the effects of the ever-changing situation on the lives and works of Afghan musicians, following individual musicians in fascinating detail. John Baily is also an ethnographic filmmaker. Four of his films relating to his research are included on the DVD that accompanies the text.

The Hundred Thousand Fools of God

Author: Theodore Levin
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 025321310X
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Music

CD : Urban music - some of it reflecting a fusion of European and Central Asian influences - is gathered in the first part of the disc, while rural and ritualistic music and chant appear toward the end.

Hearts of Pine

Author: Joshua D. Pilzer J. D.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199912438
Release Date: 2011-11-30
Genre: Music

In the wake of the Asia-Pacific War, Korean survivors of the "comfort women" system-those bound into sexual slavery for the Japanese military during the war-lived under great pressure not to speak about what had happened to them. Hearts of Pine brings us into the lives of three such survivors: Pak Duri, Mun Pilgi, and Bae Chunhui. Over the course of eight years, author Joshua Pilzer worked with these now-elderly women, smoking with them, eating with them, singing and playing with them, trying to understand and document their worlds of song. During four decades of secrecy and the subsequent decades of the "comfort women" protest movement, singing served these women as a means of coping with and expressing their experiences, forging and sustaining identities and social relationships, and recording and conveying their struggles and philosophies of life. Through these intimate portraits, Hearts of Pine illustrates the personal and social power of music vis-?-vis other expressive media, models a humanistic history of modern Korean music, and presents heretofore unrecorded histories of the "comfort women" system and postwar South Korean public culture written in women's song.

Holy War

Author: Bill A. Musk
Publisher: Monarch Books
ISBN: 1854246097
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Islam and politics

This text details the Muslim fundamentalist convictions, contemporary examples and key figures. Where does authority lie in Islam? How can reform movements develop? It looks at how Christians should respond to and accommodate resurgent Islam.

Rot ist mein Name

Author: Orhan Pamuk
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 9783446252301
Release Date: 2016-03-14
Genre: Fiction

Man schreibt das Jahr 1591, Istanbul ist vom Schnee bedeckt. Ein Toter spricht zu uns aus der Tiefe eines Brunnens. Er kennt seinen Mörder, und er kennt auch die Ursache für den Mord: ein Komplott gegen das gesamte Osmanische Reich, seine Religion, seine Kultur, seine Tradition. Darin verwickelt sind die Miniaturenmaler, die beauftragt sind, für den Sultan zehn Buchblätter zu malen, ein Liebender und der Mörder, der den Leser bis zum Schluß zum Narren hält. Ein spannender Roman, der, als historischer Krimi verkleidet, immer wieder auch auf die gegenwärtige Spannung zwischen Orient und Okzident verweist.

Tausend strahlende Sonnen

Author: Khaled Hosseini
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104030760
Release Date: 2014-02-20
Genre: Fiction

Der Weltbestseller vom Autor von ›Drachenläufer‹ und ›Traumsammler‹ Mariam ist fünfzehn, als sie aus der Provinz nach Kabul geschickt und mit dem dreißig Jahre älteren Schuhmacher Raschid verheiratet wird. Jahre später erlebt Laila, ein Mädchen aus der Nachbarschaft, ein ähnliches Schicksal. Als ihre Familie bei einem Bombenangriff ums Leben kommt, wird sie Raschids Zweitfrau. Nach anfänglichem Misstrauen werden Mariam und Laila zu engen Freundinnen. Gemeinsam wehren sie sich gegen Raschids Brutalität und planen die Flucht... Ein ergreifender Roman über das Schicksal zweier Frauen in Afghanistan, wie ihn nur einer schreiben kann: der große Geschichtenerzähler Khaled Hosseini.

A Burqa and a Hard Place

Author: Sally Cooper
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Aus.
ISBN: 9781742624846
Release Date: 2008-11-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Burqas, car bombs, and Bombay Sapphire - welcome to life in post-Taliban Kabul from the viewpoint of Sally Cooper, an Australian journalist and aid worker who took a job training journalists for a United Nations humanitarian news agency. When she arrived in Afghanistan, Sally knew next to nothing about the country. Once in Kabul, she moved into the Karwan Sara guesthouse - and quickly met a cast of characters that drew her into the strange realities of life in "the Ghan". Some of the many questions posed include: What do you do when you discover your male hotel cleaner wearing your clothes? How do you blend into the background at a Friday night dog fight when you're the only woman there - and you're a blonde Westerner? Under what circumstances do you decide that wearing a burqa is for your own protection? How do you live and work in a place where the car next to yours at the traffic lights could be driven by a suicide bomber? Irreverent, action-packed, witty and at times wildly surreal, A Burqa and a Hard Place will tell you more about daily life in Afghanistan than anything you've ever seen on the nightly news.

Die Unzerbrechliche

Author: Michelle Burford
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 9783838756868
Release Date: 2014-05-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Michelle Knight ist 21 Jahre alt, als sie entführt wird; ihr Martyrium wird elf Jahre dauern. Der Schulbusfahrer Ariel Castro hält sie und später zwei weitere Frauen in seinem Haus in Cleveland gefangen, wo er sie psychisch und physisch unvorstellbar misshandelt. Was sie in dieser Zeit an körperlichen und seelischen Qualen durchlitt, beschreibt sie in ihrem Buch. Und was ihr half, diese Zeit zu überleben und nie die Hoffnung aufzugeben, dass sie eines Tages wieder ein normales Leben führen würde. "Nichts in meinen 12 Jahren als Moderator der Dr. Phil-Show hat mich derart verändert wie Michelle Knight und die Geschichte ihres Überlebens." - Dr. Phil McGraw

Ich bin Malala

Author: Malala Yousafzai
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 9783426424230
Release Date: 2013-10-08
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Am 9. Oktober 2012 wird die junge Pakistanerin Malala Yousafzai auf ihrem Schulweg überfallen und niedergeschossen. Die Fünfzehnjährige hatte sich den Taliban widersetzt, die Mädchen verbieten, zur Schule zu gehen. Wie durch ein Wunder kommt Malala mit dem Leben davon. Als im Herbst 2013 ihr Buch "Ich bin Malala" erscheint, ist die Resonanz enorm: Weltweit wird über ihr Schicksal berichtet. Im Juli 2013 hält sie eine beeindruckende Rede vor den Vereinten Nationen. Barack Obama empfängt sie im Weißen Haus, und im Dezember erhält sie den Sacharow-Preis für geistige Freiheit, verliehen vom Europäischen Parlament. Malala Yousafzai lebt heute mit ihrer Familie in England, wo sie wieder zur Schule geht. Malala Yousafzai wird mit dem Friedensnobelpreis 2014 ausgezeichnet. »Dieses Memoir unterstreicht ihre besten Eigenschaften. Ihren Mut und ihre Entschlossenheit kann man nur bewundern. Ihr Hunger nach Bildung und Neugestaltung ist authentisch. Sie wirkt so unschuldig, und da ist diese unverwüstliche Zuversicht. Sie spricht mit einem solchen Gewicht, dass man vergisst, dass Malala erst 16 ist.« The Times »Niemand hat das Recht auf Bildung so knapp, so einprägsam und überzeugend zusammengefasst wie Malala Yousafzai, die tapferste Schülerin der Welt.« Berliner Zeitung »Der mutigste Teenager der Welt« Bild »Bewegend erzählt Malala Yousafzai ihr Schicksal.« Brigitte