Images of Afghanistan: Exploring Afghan Culture through Art and Literature

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9780195477955: Images of Afghanistan: Exploring Afghan Culture through Art and Literature

Images of Afghanistan, an edited collection in the non-fiction Cultural/ Social genre provides the first-ever overview of the art and literature of Afghanistan. 32 chapters on art, music, film, proverbs, short stories, poetry, cartoons, and folktales in popular style offer key insights into the complexities of Afghan culture. The book is divided into seven sections. Introductory chapters focus on the history of Afghanistan and understanding culture through art and literature. A Dari Literature section covers classical and modern poetry, short stories, proverbs and children's rhymes. A Pashto Literature section includes traditional poetry, modern poetry, short stories, folktales, proverbs and tappas. The Themes of Culture section analyzes the dynamics of shame and honor in the Persio-Afghan setting, the traditional need for patronage and its modern relevance, the mystical longing for God as reflected in the ghazals of Hafiz, and romantic love in traditional and modern love stories. The Traditional Art section covers calligraphy, woodworking, and ceramics, the unique layout of the traditional city, and archeological heritage. The Performing Arts and Fine Art section explores the development of music, fine art, and film in Afghanistan. A final section called Potpourri features Afghan authors who help span the chasm between east and west, a selection of modern cultural initiatives, the infamous folk character Mullah Nasruddin, the role of women in art and literature, and cartoons and comedy.

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L'autore:

Dr Loewen has been living and working among the peoples of Afghanistan and Iran since 1981. He is a top expert in his field, having earned a PhD in Persian Literature from the University of Toronto (2001). Previously, he earned his Master's degree in Persian Literature from Islamabad, Pakistan, with his thesis written in Persian. He is the director of Safari Consultants, a project for culture and publishing in Afghanistan, under Op Mercy. An accomplished speaker, he lectures internationally on Middle Eastern and Central Asian cultural topics. He holds seminars on leadership for Afghans in universities, NGOs, and government institutions-in the Dari language. His length and breadth of experience have enabled him to build many relationships with prominent Afghan artists and writers.

Dr McMichael, an American family medicine physician, moved to Kabul during the Taliban era. She is the editor of Enjoy Afghanistan, a popular orientation manual for expatriate workers, and the author of Pocket Medical Dari and Pocket Medical Pashto, language survival guides for expatriate health workers. She has written more than 50 radio dramas on women's issues and public health topics. For two years, she led a four-day orientation course for expatriates new to Afghanistan. She and her husband, Todd, continue to live and work in Afghanistan.

Contenuti:

  • Contents List:
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Editors' Note
  • Acknowledgements
  • PART 1: INTRODUCTORY CHAPTERS
  • 1.: Stepping Inside: Culture through the Voices of Art and Literature
  • Arley Loewen
  • 2.: A Guided Tour of Afghanistan's History
  • Jonathan Lee
  • PART 2: DARI LITERATURE
  • 3.: A Thousand Years of Persian Jewels: The Classical Persian Poet
  • Arley Loewen
  • 4.: Rhyme and Verse in Politics: Persian Poetry in Afghanistan since 1900
  • Bashir Sakhawarz
  • 5.: . They Constantly Sing with Grief: Eleven Modern Poets
  • Arley Loewen, with Partaw Nadiri
  • 6.: Voices from Behind Window and Walls: An Overview of Dari Short Stories
  • Arley Loewen
  • 7.: Glimpses Behind Windows and Walls: Nine Short Stories from 20th Century Dari Fiction
  • Arley Loewen
  • 8.: Crawling Worms, Blooming Flowers, and Poplar Trees: Dari Children's Rhymes
  • Asadullah Shour, with Arley Loewen
  • 9.: Tea First, Then We Fight!: Dari Proverbs
  • Juan Cardenas
  • PART 3: PASHTO LITERATURE
  • 10.: . Guns and Roses: The Two Strands of Pashto Poetry
  • Rob Sampson
  • 11.: . I Love My Land!: Contemporary Pashto Poetry
  • Habibullah Rafi, with Arley Loewen
  • 12.: . Traditions Live On: The Modern Pashto Short Story in Afghanistan
  • Muhammad Zarin Anzur, with Arley Loewen
  • 13.: The Pinkie Finger says 'Let's go!': Pashto Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes
  • Muhammad Nabi Tadbir, with Arley Loewen
  • 14.: . Prisms of Light on Pashtun Life and Culture: Pashto Proverbs
  • Len Bartlotti
  • 15.: Tit for Tat: A Selection of Pashto Proverbs from Rohi Mataluna
  • Len Bartlotti
  • PART 4: THEMES OF CULTURE
  • 16.: What Do People Say?: Reputation in Persio-Afghan Culture
  • Arley Loewen
  • 17.: Please be my Patron: How Firdawsi was Embittered by Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni
  • Arley Loewen
  • 18.: . Longing for Home, but How to Get There?: The Poet Hafiz and the 'Problem of the Heart'
  • Arley Loewen
  • 19.: . Love for the Sake of Love: Medieval and Modern Love Stories from Afghanistan and Beyond
  • Arley Loewen
  • PART 5: TRADITIONAL ART
  • 20.: Crossroads of Cultures and the Silk Roads: The Archaeological and Architectural Heritage of Afghanistan
  • Jonathan Lee
  • 21.: . God Taught Man by the Pen: Calligraphy in Afghan Culture
  • Leslee Michelson
  • 22.: . Silent Beauty within Alleys and Walls: The Old City of Kabul
  • Rory Stewart
  • 23.: Carving a Niche in Culture: The Noble Art of Woodcarving
  • Hermione Calvocoressi and Mohammad Yousef Suratgar
  • 24.: Shaping Afghanistan: Traditional Pottery and Economic Reconstruction
  • Esther Svensson, Noah Coburn, and Ustad Honaryar
  • PART 6: PERFORMING AND FINE ARTS
  • 25.: . Modern Sounds, Ancient Words: Singing and Music in Afghanistan
  • Arley Loewen, with Vaheed Kaacemy and Sediq Qiam
  • 26.: . Drawing Back the Curtain: Art and Artists of Afghanistan
  • Muhammad Alam Farhad, with Arley Loewen
  • 27.: . From Love to Osama: Film in Afghanistan
  • Arley Loewen, with Timur Hakimyar and Jawansher Haydari
  • PART 7: POTPOURRI
  • 28.: East Meets West: Two Afghan Authors Who Write in English
  • Arley Loewen
  • 29.: Mullah Nasruddin: The Legendary Wise Fool
  • Arley Loewen
  • 30.: No Right to Write! No Freedom to Sing!: The Role of Afghan Women in Literature and Music
  • Fatama Akhtari, with Arley Loewen
  • 31.: Who Built that Wall?: The Wall of Kabul and Other Folktales
  • Arley Loewen
  • 32.: Cartoons and Comedy in Afghanistan
  • Zach Warren
  • Appendices
  • Glossary
  • About the Contributors
  • Editors' Biographies
  • Index

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Editore: Oxford University Press (2010)
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