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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429935968
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 03/01/2003
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 538,745
File size: 286 KB

About the Author

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


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

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West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ethan_W More than 1 year ago
The title of this book says a lot about its content. Born in Afghanistan to an American mother, Tamim Ansary has written a memoir about an almost ubiquitous modern experience: that of belonging to more than one country or culture at once and being torn between the two. Ansary moves to the US early on and "loses track" of his Afghani roots. He becomes an outsider in Afghanistan because he left and remains an outsider in the US because he wasn't born here. He is stuck in the middle, in a sense: west of Kabul, east of New York. Though the writing itself is good and the book is fairly entertaining, it was this inner-conflict about culture and ethnicity that I found most engaging. Afghanistan itself is undergoing something similar, trying to modernize amidst a sometimes conflicting social structure and culture. Just a few months ago, at Sundance, I was lucky enough to see a documentary on the Afghani version of American Idol, Afghan Star, and got a very real and poignant glimpse of that struggle. That same feeling of being in the middle and nowhere at the same time is what I most liked about the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago