The captivating story of one who fought for a future based on enlightenment and science, Memories of Afghanistan provides invaluable insights into a country gripped by war and oppression.
Mohammad Haider Anwar (1914-1993) traces his development from street urchin and petty thief in the slums of Kabul, to idealistic teenager swayed by the writings of Tom Paine, to government official espousing reform in a deeply patriarchal, religious society. In 1943, facing imprisonment by the Afghan monarchy--in part for refusing to force his American-born wife to wear the chaderi, or head-to-toe veil--Dr. Anwar fled into exile.
This second edition of Memories of Afghanistan includes a new Afterword by Keith Anwar, the book's editor, which discusses the American government's role in fostering Islamic fundamentalism and tribal backwardness in Afghanistan over the past 25 years.
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