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Afghanistan 101: Understanding Afghan Culture Paperback – January 4, 2008
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While the book does provide some interesting information, it suffers from two deficits: (1) it badly needs to be edited by a native English speaker, preferably one who has editing experience AND has been to or at least knows something about Afghanistan. (2) Dr. Entezar, who was apparently not in the country when the Taliban were in charge, seems not to have done a lot of research when he returned for his short visit in this century. The Taliban had a profound effect on the country, and is still making itself felt in Pakistan and over the border. Gone are the days when we could fearlessly drive through the Khyber pass to Peshawar and stay at Dean's Hotel while visiting the Commissary at the USAF base to buy needed things unavailable in Kabul. Now, the only safe way through would be in an armored minesweeper.
We are hoping, without a great deal of optimism, that the coming elections are not only free, open, and fair, but also that President Karzai is reelected to keep his country on the road to peace.
I would recommend Afghanistan 101 only to people who knew Afghanistan well, or who had access to more up-to-date facts about the country.
Michael M. T. Henderson
Professor Emeritus of Linguistics
University of Kansas
An important book which benefits from Entezar's long exposure to both cultures as a resident and teacher.
I give the book a soft recommendation but would not, despite the title, recommend it as a first book on Afghanstan. Any of Tamin Ansary's works would be good for giving a person an initial 'feel' for Afghan culture. I'd follow that up with Thomas Barfield's very readable history of Afghanistan and then open up Afghanistan 101.
This book provides better information than any other book related in Afghan culture. Actually, from an Afghan point of view I can say that this book provides cultural information on Afghanistan even better than any Afghan author in the industry.
Thank you for the great book
It should be read by every policy maker, aid worker and soldier who is preparing to travel and live in Afghanistan. One cannot understand, assist, and positively influence Afghans without understanding their culture.
A native of Afghanistan, Dr. Entezar returned to his native country and continued his research over the past 30 years.
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This book is succinct yet holds a wealth of knowledge to the novice Middle East analyst. Great book for classes wishing to get familiar with Afghanistan.Published 22 months ago by Shelleyellyelly
HAVEN'T YET FINISHED THIS BOOK BUT SO FAR I DO LIKE IT.
AS CULTURAL NORMS ARE CHANGING SWIFTLY IN AFGHANISTAN
ONE HAS TO BE AWARE OF WHAT IS DATED.
I love to read and learn. I'm thinking about joining the Peace Corps when I retire from full-time work and go to Afghanistan. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Carrie McFaul
Culture and language are the keys to any society. This book has been of great value and I have used it on many occasions.Published on April 29, 2013 by amazon#1fan
This is essential reading for anyone working in Afghanistan. I wish I had read it before my first assignment there. Well constructed and informative. Recommended.Published on March 3, 2012 by Footplate
The author advised the US when it began its escapade in Afghanistan after 9/11. A curious mix and raises questions about how it contributed to the current situation.Published on March 13, 2011 by Nancy R. Bergau
Afghanistan 101 is definately a must-read for anyone interested in not only the culture but the dialect that engrosses this amazing country. Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by Mariam