AFGHAN BOOKS AND FILMS

Afghanistan Non-Fiction:

·        A Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan by Nelofer Pazira

·        Afghanistan by Thomas J. Barfield

·        Afghanistan by Louis Dupree

·        Afghanistan: A Modern History by Angelo Rasanayagam

·        Afghanistan: A History from 1260 to the Present Day by Jonathan Lee

·        Afghantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-1989 by Sir Rodric Braithwaite

·        Another Afghanistan: A Photographic Journey Through The Afghan Spring by Ginna Fleming

·        An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan by Jason Elliot

·        A Woman Among Warlords by Malalai Joya

·        Bleeding Afghanistan by Sonali Kolhatkar

·        Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile III

·        Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll

·        Forbidden Lessons from a Kabul Guesthouse by Suraya Sadeed

·        Games Without Rules by Tamim Ansary

·        Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll

·        Government and Society in Afghanistan by Hasan Kakar

·        I am The Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan by Eliza Griswold

·        In the Graveyard of Empires by Seth Jones

·        Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez

·        Mataluna : 151 Afghan Pashto Proverbs by Edward Zellem

·        Modern Afghanistan by Amin Saikal

·        No Good Men Among the Living: America, The Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal

·        Opium Nation by Fariba Nawa

·        Raising My Voice by Malalai Joya

·        Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan by William Dalrymple

·        The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

·        The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World by Zalmay Khalilzad

·        The Favored Daughter by Fawzia Koofi

·        The Lovers: Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet, the True Story of How They Defied Their Families and Escaped an Honor Killing by Rod Nordland

·        The Punishment of Virtue by Sarah Chayes

·        The World is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village by Anna Badkhen

·        The Wrong Enemy by Carlotta Gall

·        The Silk Roads: A New History of the New World by Peter Frankopan

·        The Wars of Afghanistan by Peter Tomsen

·        The Will to Resist by Dahr Jamail

·        West of Kabul, East of New York by Tamim Ansary

·        Zoya’s Story by John Follain, Rita Cristofari, and Zoya

·        Zarbul Masalha : 151 Afghan Dari Proverbs by Edward Zellem

Afghanistan – Fiction

·        A Curse on Dostoevsky by Atiq Rahimi

·        A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi

·        And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

·        A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear by Atiq Rahimi

·        A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

·        Earth & Ashes by Atiq Rahimi

·        One Half From East by Nadia Hashimi

·        Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi

·        Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez

·        Silent Trees by Nasir Shansab

·        The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

·        The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

·        The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

·        The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez

·        The Pearl That Broke It’s Shell by Nadia Hashimi

·        The Secret Sky by Atia Nawabi

·        The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

·        The Widow’s Husband by Tamim Ansary

·        This Shall Be a House of Peace by Phil Halton

·        When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi

Children’s Books

·        The Lion Who Saw Himself in The Water by Idries Shah (available in English, Dari and Pashto)

·        The Silly Chicken by Idries Shah (available in English, Dari and Pashto)

·        The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal byIdries Shah (available in English, Dari and Pashto)

·        The Old Woman and The Eagle by Idries Shah (available in English, Dari and Pashto)

·        The Man and the Fox by Idries Shah (available in English, Dari and Pashto)

Short Stories:

·        Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore

·        Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

Non-Fiction Books on Islam and Muslim Countries

·        America’s Great Game: The CIA’S Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East by Hugh Wilford

·        A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to Isis by Robert F. Worth

·        Generation M by Shelina Janmohamed

·        Home Fire by Kamilla Samshi

·        In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire by Tom Holland

·        Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson

·        Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam

·        Muhammad by Karen Armstrong

·        No God But God by Reza Aslan

·        Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

·        Reading Lolita In Tehran by Azar Nafisi

·        The Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam

·        The Golden Legend by Aslam Nadeen

·        The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists by Khaled Abou El Fadl

·        The Many Faces of Political Islam: Religion and Politics in the Muslim World by Mohammed Ayoob

·        The Secret Lives of Young Women who are Transforming the Arab World by Katherine Zoepf

·        The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future by Vali Nasr

·        The Story of the Quran by Ingrid Mattson

·        The Twilight War: The Secret History of America’s Thirty Year Conflict with Iran by David Crist

·        The Vanished Imam by Fouad Ajami

·        The Wishmaker by Ali Sethi

Fiction Books on Islam and Muslim Countries

·        Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

·        Ambiguous Adventure by Cheikh Hamidou Kane

·        A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar

·        Equal of The Sun by Anita Amirrezvani

·        Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

·        Habibi by Craig Thompson

·        How to Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

·        Minaret by Leila Aboulela

·        Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid

·        My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk

·        Secret Son by Laila Lalami

·        The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani

·        The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahn

·        The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan

·        The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

·        The Taqwacores by Michael Muhammad Knight

·        White Teeth by Zadie Smith



Afghanistan Films:

·        Charlie Wilson’s War

·        Kandahar

·        Osama

·        The Patience Stone

Muslim Country Films

·        Capharnaum – Lebanon

·        The Color of Paradise – Iran

Documentaries About Afghanistan:

·        Afghanistan By Choice

·        Afghan Cycles

·        Afghan Star

·        Ascending Afghanistan: Women Rising

·        Behind the Taliban Lines

·        Dancing Boys of Afghanistan

·        Frame by Frame

·        Hindu Kush to Thames

·        Love Crimes of Kabul

·        Mission Afghanistan

·        My Kabul, BBC Documentary Series

·        Restrepo

·        The Beauty Academy of Kabul

·        The Last Images of War

·        To Kill a Sparrow

·        What Tomorrow Brings

Photographer’s works in Afghanistan:

Gabriela Maj

Joe Hoyt

Zalmai Ahad

Steve McCurry

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