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Non-Fiction

Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan
by Sally Armstrong
with all our strength     One of the first Western journalists to visit Afghanistan, Armstrong provides an insiderís view of the plight of women there.

With All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
by Anne E. Brodsky
    In 1977, in an environment hostile to women's rights and secularism, a 20-year-old woman named Meena founded RAWA to empower Afghan women and promote democracy in Afghanistan (in 1987, Meena was murdered by RAWA's opponents). Community psychologist Brodsky's groundbreaking account studies this important organization's evolution from an 11-member student group to the most powerful voice for women in Afghanistan, with thousands of volunteers.

Repression, Resistance, and Women in Afghanistan
by Hafizullah Emadi
afghanistans endless war     Provides a comprehensive analysis of the status of women, state policies of modernization, and the struggle by revolutionary groups and women's organizations in Afghanistan, a society where rigid social and cultural traditions are heavily resistant to change on gender issues.

Afghanistan : A Short History of Its People and Politics
by Martin Ewans
    Spanning a period from thousands of years B.C.E. through September 11, 2001, Ewans ambitiously covers an incredible scope of this country's history.

Afghanistan's Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics, and the Rise of the Taliban
by Larry P. Goodson
good muslim bad muslim     This comprehensive academic text written and prepared before Sept. 11 and the subsequent U.S. air strikes on the Taliban examines the past few decades, delving into the interwoven historical, political, economic and geographic factors that precipitated the country's woes.

Fundamentalism Reborn?: Afghanistan and the Taliban
by William Maley
    This collection of essays touches upon the rise of the Taliban and the future of the Afghan state. Individual topics vary, providing a wide scope of issues surrounding the Taliban and its role in Afghanistan.

Good Muslim, Bad Muslim : America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror
by Mahmood Mamdani
women for afghan women     In this brilliant look at the rise of political Islam, the distinguished political scientist and anthropologist Mahmood Mamdani brings his expertise and insight to bear on a question many Americans have been asking since 9/11: how did this happen?

Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future
by Sunita Mehta
    Mehta has compiled essays from a wide variety of women, both Afghan (Sima Wali, Saira Shah) and American (Gloria Steinem, Angela King), who are active in human rights and have personal experiences in Afghanistan. This collection traces the history of Afghan women's rights and roles through the latter decades of the last century.

Bint Arab
by Evelyn Shakir
a kite journey through india     Shakir tells the long neglected story of the bint arab--the Arab woman--in the United States. Weaving together a survey from the late 19th century to the present, she focuses on each generation's negotiation between traditional Arab values and the social and sexual liberties permitted women in the West.

A Kite Journey Through India
by Tal Streeter
    American sculptor Tal Streeter introduces readers to the rich traditions of India by examining the Indian art of making and flying kites. Unlike the pastoral imagery evoked by Western kite flying, the Indian version is competitive, requiring strategy and cutthroat instinct. The strings are armed with shards glass and the object is to attack and destroy rival kites. Streeter visits such kite producing centers as Lucknow, Jodhpur and Bombay and explores the city of Ahmedabad, where each year more than 10 million kites are destroyed in a month-long kite-flying festival.

Pakistan : In the Shadow of Jihad and Afghanistan
by Mary Anne Weaver
boots on the ground     Pakistan sits at the nexus of two of the world's most dangerous flashpoints. In its dispute with India over Kashmir, Pakistan is party to a conflict that could easily engulf South Asia in a nuclear war. And, of course, Pakistan remains on the front line of the ongoing war against the remnants of the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Weaver, a foreign correspondent for the New Yorker, has covered Pakistan and the Middle East extensively over the past decade and offers a portrait of this fractured country that is both absorbing and disturbing.

Boots on the Ground: Stories of American Soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan
by Clint Willis
    The recent wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan have generated gripping coverage from some of our most accomplished writers and correspondents, and Boots on the Ground collects the best new writing about our troops in the field.