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An Afghan American most recently known for an e-mail he wrote on his views on U.S. reprisals against Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks shares his experiences of Islam and the secular west, his feelings on Islamic militant religious fundamentalism, and his hopes for reconciliation between both civilizations. Read by Tamin Ansary. Book available.
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. Unabridged. 4 CDs.
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. When he emigrated to San Francisco, he believed he'd left Afghan culture behind forever. But at the height of the Iranian Revolution, he took a harrowing journey through the Islamic world to rediscover his roots. 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. Here in his own words is one man's personal journey through two cultures in conflict.
Read the exclusive essays by Tamim Ansary: 2009