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West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story

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ISBN13: 9780374287573
ISBN10: 0374287570
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A passionate personal journey through two cultures in conflict

Shortly after militant Islamic terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, Tamim Ansary of San Francisco sent an e-mail to twenty friends, telling how the threatened U.S. reprisals against Afghanistan looked to him as an Afghan American. The message spread, and in a few days it had reached, and affected, millions of people-Afghans and Americans, soldiers and pacifists, conservative Christians and talk-show hosts; for the message, written in twenty minutes, was one Ansary had been writing all his life.

West of Kabul, East of New York is an urgent communiqué by an American with "an Afghan soul still inside me," who has lived in the very different worlds of Islam and the secular West. The son of an Afghan man and the first American woman to live as an Afghan, Ansary grew up in the intimate world of Afghan family life, one never seen by outsiders. No sooner had he emigrated to San Francisco than he was drawn into the community of Afghan expatriates sustained by the dream of returning to their country -and then drawn back to the Islamic world himself to discover the nascent phenomenon of militant religious fundamentalism.

Tamim Ansary has emerged as one of the most eloquent voices on the conflict between Islam and the West. His book is a deeply personal account of the struggle to reconcile two great civilizations and to find some point in the imagination where they might meet.

Review:

"West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story, proves that the e-mail wasn't a fluke. Ansary possesses a rare talent for clearly delineating complicated philosophical and political questions. His prose is subtle and addictive." Village Voice

Review:

"While Ansary's political insights can be detached or perhaps purposefully aloof his descriptions of having lived in and identified alternately with the West and the Islamic world are utterly compelling." Publishers Weekly

Book News Annotation:

Ansary (a columnist for Encarta) spent the first 16 years of his life in the Afghan capital of Kabul, before leaving for travels throughout the Islamic world and eventual residence in the United States. Here he recalls his travels, reflecting on the current and past rifts within the Islamic world and exploring the possibilities that he (born of an American mother and an Afghan father) and the rest of the world can reconcile the rifts between the West and Islam.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The day after the World Trade Center was destroyed, Tamim Ansary sent an anguished e-mail to twenty friends, discussing the attack from his perspective as an Afghan American. The message reached millions. Born to an Afghan father and American mother, Ansary grew up in the intimate world of Afghan family life and emigrated to San Francisco thinking hed left Afghan culture behind forever. At the height of the Iranian Revolution, however, he took a harrowing journey through the Islamic world, and in the years that followed, he struggled to unite his divided self and to find a place in his imagination where his Afghan and American identities might meet.

About the Author

Tamim Ansary, who has written numerous books for children, is a columnist for Encarta. He lives in San Francisco, California, with his wife and their two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374287573
Subtitle:
An Afghan American Story
Author:
Ansary, Tamim
Author:
Ansary, Mir Tamim
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
International
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Culture conflict
Subject:
Arab Americans
Subject:
Ansary, Mir Tamim
Subject:
Afghan Americans
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Nationalism
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
81-108
Publication Date:
20030301
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
5 x 7 1/2

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"Review" by , "West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story, proves that the e-mail wasn't a fluke. Ansary possesses a rare talent for clearly delineating complicated philosophical and political questions. His prose is subtle and addictive."
"Review" by , "While Ansary's political insights can be detached or perhaps purposefully aloof his descriptions of having lived in and identified alternately with the West and the Islamic world are utterly compelling."
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The day after the World Trade Center was destroyed, Tamim Ansary sent an anguished e-mail to twenty friends, discussing the attack from his perspective as an Afghan American. The message reached millions. Born to an Afghan father and American mother, Ansary grew up in the intimate world of Afghan family life and emigrated to San Francisco thinking hed left Afghan culture behind forever. At the height of the Iranian Revolution, however, he took a harrowing journey through the Islamic world, and in the years that followed, he struggled to unite his divided self and to find a place in his imagination where his Afghan and American identities might meet.
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