Images of Afghanistan: Exploring Afghan Culture through Art and Literature by Arley LoewenImages of Afghanistan: Exploring Afghan Culture through Art and Literature by Arley Loewen

Images of Afghanistan: Exploring Afghan Culture through Art and Literature

EditorArley Loewen, Josette McMichael

Hardcover | July 29, 2010

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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 intothe 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. APashto 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 longingfor 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 exploresthe 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, andcartoons and comedy.
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 h...
Title:Images of Afghanistan: Exploring Afghan Culture through Art and LiteratureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:350 pagesPublished:July 29, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195477952

ISBN - 13:9780195477955


Table of Contents

ForewordPrefaceEditor's NoteAcknowledgementsPart 1: Introductory Chapters1. Arley Loewen: Stepping Inside: Culture through the Voices of Art and Literature2. Jonathan Lee: A Guided Tour of Afghanistan's HistoryPart 2: Dari Literature3. Arley Loewen: A Thousand Years of Persian Jewels: The Classical Persian Poet4. Bashir Sakhawarz: Rhyme and Verse in Politics: Persian Poetry in Afghanistan since 19005. Arley Loewen, with Partaw Nadiri: They Constantly Sing with Grief: Eleven Modern Poets6. Arley Loewen: Voices from Behind Window and Walls: An Overview of Dari Short Stories7. Arley Loewen: Glimpses Behind Windows and Walls: Nine Short Stories from 20th Century Dari Fiction8. Asadullah Shour, with Arley Loewen: Crawling Worms, Blooming Flowers, and Poplar Trees: Dari Children's Rhymes9. Juan Cardenas: Tea First, Then We Fight!: Dari ProverbsPart 3: Ppashto Literature10. Rob Sampson: Guns and Roses: The Two Strands of Pashto Poetry11. Habibullah Rafi, with Arley Loewen: I Love My Land!: Contemporary Pashto Poetry12. Muhammad Zarin Anzur, with Arley Loewen: Traditions Live On: The Modern Pashto Short Story in Afghanistan13. Muhammad Nabi Tadbir, with Arley Loewen: The Pinkie Finger says 'Let's go!': Pashto Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes14. Len Bartlotti: Prisms of Light on Pashtun Life and Culture: Pashto Proverbs15. Len Bartlotti: Tit for Tat: A Selection of Pashto Proverbs from Rohi MatalunaPart 4: Themes of Culture16. Arley Loewen: What Do People Say?: Reputation in Persio-Afghan Culture17. Arley Loewen: Please be my Patron: How Firdawsi was Embittered by Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni18. Arley Loewen: Longing for Home, but How to Get There?: The Poet Hafiz and the 'Problem of the Heart'19. Arley Loewen: Love for the Sake of Love: Medieval and Modern Love Stories from Afghanistan and BeyondPart 5: Traditional Art20. Jonathan Lee: Crossroads of Cultures and the Silk Roads: The Archaeological and Architectural Heritage of Afghanistan21. Leslee Michelson: God Taught Man by the Pen: Calligraphy in Afghan Culture22. Rory Stewart: Silent Beauty within Alleys and Walls: The Old City of Kabul23. Hermione Calvocoressi and Mohammad Yousef Suratgar: Carving a Niche in Culture: The Noble Art of Woodcarving24. Esther Svensson, Noah Coburn, and Ustad Honaryar: Shaping Afghanistan: Traditional Pottery and Economic ReconstructionPart 6: Performing and Fine Arts25. Arley Loewen, with Vaheed Kaacemy and Sediq Qiam: Modern Sounds, Ancient Words: Singing and Music in Afghanistan26. Muhammad Alam Farhad, with Arley Loewen: Drawing Back the Curtain: Art and Artists of Afghanistan27. Arley Loewen, with Timur Hakimyar and Jawansher Haydari: From Love to Osama: Film in AfghanistanPart 7: Potpourri28. Arley Loewen: East Meets West: Two Afghan Authors Who Write in English29. Arley Loewen: Mullah Nasruddin: The Legendary Wise Fool30. Fatama Akhtari, with Arley Loewen: No Right to Write! No Freedom to Sing!: The Role of Afghan Women in Literature and Music31. Arley Loewen: Who Built that Wall?: The Wall of Kabul and Other Folktales32. Zach Warren: Cartoons and Comedy in AfghanistanAppendicesGlossaryAbout the ContributorsEditor's BiographiesIndex