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Confessions of a mullah warrior, Masood Farivar

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Confessions of a mullah warrior
Title
Confessions of a mullah warrior
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Masood Farivar
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eng
Summary
Massood Farivar draws on his unique experience as a native Afghan, a former mujahideen fighter, and a longtime U.S. resident to provide unprecedented insight into the recent collision between Islam and the West
Review
  • In this earnest bildungsroman, Farivar tells the remarkable tale of how he went from Afghan refugee to resistance fighter to Harvard University student. Fleeing the increasing violence and political instability in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation, the author and his family escaped to Pakistan—and the hardships and alienation of refugee life. The young Farivar entered a madrassa where he studied the Koran intensively and became a devout Muslim. Eventually deciding he had a duty to return to Afghanistan to fight, he left his family to embrace jihad against the occupying Soviet troops. While serving on the front lines, Farivar continued “brushing up on [his] Pythagorean theorems, among other things” in preparation for the SAT and made his way to an American prep school and later, Harvard. While Farivar's account is indisputably unique and fascinating, the narrative tension frequently slackens as the author relies too heavily on the action alone to drive his story forward. Still, the book succeeds in its in-depth exploration of the radicalization of young Muslim men in the 1980s—and Farivar's path away from extremism. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed October 20, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 42, p43)
  • This timely memoir looks into the life of a man who has experienced war in Afghanistan from a side not normally reported on by the American media. Farivar explores his experience in the war with Russia that raged from 1979 to 1989, showing how his life circumstances influenced his attitude about war and religion and what jihad really means to someone who is Muslim. Not just a chronicle of war, it is also a coming-of-age story about a child raised by a secular father who as a young man becomes a refugee in Pakistan drawn to radical Islam, joining the mujahideen fighting in his homeland. A chance meeting with an English convert sets him on the path to America, a turn from radicalism, and a degree from Harvard. After years in America, Farivar has decided to return to Afghanistan and a very uncertain future. This invaluable memoir shows the other, non-American side of the Middle Eastern coin, explaining how a normal person can get caught up in radical Islam—not because he is anti-American or anti-West but because he is pro-Afghanistan. Farivar humanizes the experience for us. Recommended for larger public and especially academic libraries, where its discussion of hot-button issues will generate good discussion.—Jenny Seftas, Southwest Florida Coll., Fort Myers, FL --Jenny Seftas (Reviewed November 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 19, p77)
  • Memoir about growing up in war-torn Afghanistan by an Afghan refugee who joined the jihad against the Soviets and later studied at Harvard.The only son of a well-educated mechanical engineer who worked for an oil and gas company near Sheberghan, Farivar was nine when the Soviets invaded in 1979. Since his father was fiercely anti-Soviet, the family fled the country and settled in Peshawar, Pakistan, where Farivar attended a madrassa and received full indoctrination in Koranic and Arabic teaching. Fired up to join the jihad, he returned to Afghanistan and joined the mujahideen base at Tora Bora in the late '80s. As the war was winding down, Farivar met a curious Mexican-Greek journalist, Karimullah, who was impressed by the author's scholarly bent and encouraged him to apply to Harvard. He studied for a year at Lawrenceville Prep before landing at Harvard, and he humorously describes the culture shock he encountered in his first visit to America. Despite his campus legend as the "Afghan freedom fighter," Farivar maintained a low profile. He shaved his beard, moved to New York and tried to find work and a green card, just as the Taliban began their ascendancy. The end of the book is a bit vague, as the author notes he worked as a "roving war correspondent" and his immigration status was imperiled after 9/11. Following several trips back to Afghanistan, he recognized that his heart was there and that "only when Afghan refugees in Pakistan return to Afghanistan can there be stability in Afghanistan." Finally, Farivar returned in 2007 for an extended stay to assist Afghan journalists in Kabul, and he leaves his memoir as open-ended as the fragile state of his country.Eye-opening chronicle of cultural exchange. (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2008)
Biography type
autobiography
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298169
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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1969-
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Farivar, Masood
Dewey number
  • 958.104/7092
  • B
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
DS371.43.F275
LC item number
A3 2009
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Afghans
  • Muslims
  • Journalists
  • Journalists
  • Jihad
  • East and West
  • Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan
Label
Confessions of a mullah warrior, Masood Farivar
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
786102
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
322 pages
Isbn
9780871139825
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780871139825
  • (OCoLC)209584258
Label
Confessions of a mullah warrior, Masood Farivar
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
786102
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
322 pages
Isbn
9780871139825
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780871139825
  • (OCoLC)209584258

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