Games Without Rules

Overview

Today, most Westerners still see the war in Afghanistan as a contest between democracy and Islamist fanaticism. That war is real; but it sits atop an older struggle, between Kabul and the countryside, between order and chaos, between a modernist impulse to join the world and the pull of an older Afghanistan: a tribal universe of village republics permeated by Islam.

Now, Tamim Ansary draws on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources to explain history ...

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Overview

Today, most Westerners still see the war in Afghanistan as a contest between democracy and Islamist fanaticism. That war is real; but it sits atop an older struggle, between Kabul and the countryside, between order and chaos, between a modernist impulse to join the world and the pull of an older Afghanistan: a tribal universe of village republics permeated by Islam.

Now, Tamim Ansary draws on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources to explain history from the inside out, and to illuminate the long, internal struggle that the outside world has never fully understood. It is the story of a nation struggling to take form, a nation undermined by its own demons while, every 40 to 60 years, a great power crashes in and disrupts whatever progress has been made. Told in conversational, storytelling style, and focusing on key events and personalities, Land of Lamentation provides revelatory insight into a country at the center of political debate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470846350
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Format: Other

Meet the Author

Tamim Ansary

Tamim Ansary is the author of Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes and West of Kabul, East of New York, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for Encarta.com, and has published essays and commentary in the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Alternet, TomPaine.com, Edutopia, Parade, Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. Born in Afghanistan in 1948, he moved to the U.S. in 1964. He lives in San Francisco, where he is director of the San Francisco Writers Workshop.

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Table of Contents

AFGHANISTAN INTERRUPTED TABLE OF CONTENTS

1: The Seed that Became Afghanistan (1747 – 1839)
2: The First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-1842)
3: From Empire to Country (1843-1878)
4: The Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-1880)
5: The Iron Amir and His Legacy (1881-1918)
6: The Third Anglo-Afghan War (1918-1929)
7: Stumbling Toward Modernity (1929-1978)
8: The Anti-Soviet War (1978-1990)
9: The Countryside Triumphant (1990-2001)
10: The Anti-American War (2001-the present)
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