Torn Between Two Cultures: An Afghan-American Woman Speaks Out

Torn Between Two Cultures: An Afghan-American Woman Speaks Out

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by Maryam Qudrat Aseel
     
 

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An Afghan-American woman explores life in America as a Muslim, her Afghan heritage, and the future of Middle-East-US relations.  See more details below

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An Afghan-American woman explores life in America as a Muslim, her Afghan heritage, and the future of Middle-East-US relations.

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"In 'Torn Between Two Cultures,' she weaves her family's and her own personal stories into recent American and Afghan politics and history....Ms. Aseel touches upon almost all aspects of Afghan-American life moving from her own experiences to her family, friends, and even strangers. She frankly discusses the important issues of religion and culture. In so doing, Ms. Aseel paints a vivid picture of the experiences that have shaped her multicultural identity. Her struggle with her identity leads her to advocate efforts towards a better understanding between what is roughly understood as the East and the West. 'Torn Between Two Cultures' is a paradigm for the larger problem of the growing gap of understanding between the Islamic world and the West."

"Aseel, a first-generation Afghan American, discusses current events–particularly those relating to Afghanistan–and what it means to be a Muslim in America after 9/11. She combines analysis with unique personal stories describing how her family balances ‘two value systems that have grown to signify polar extremes, those of the East and West.’ Thoughtful and honest, with helpful insights."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931868709
Publisher:
Capital Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/18/2004
Series:
Capital Currents
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Maryam Qudrat Aseel is an activist and spokesperson in the Afghan-American and Muslim communities. She has been interviewed on radio and television, produced a series of shows for the Islamic Information Service, and has had numerous articles published in California and Muslim newspapers. She founded the first high school chapter of the Muslim Students Association, and has recently founded the Afghan Institute for Development. Ms.Aseel is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at the University of Southern California, and lives in Los Angeles.

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