Confessions of a Mullah Warrior. by Masood Farivar. From an Afghan with deep roots in his nation’s history, a courageous and evocative memoir of fleeing the. Confessions of a Mullah Warrior By Masood Farivar Atlantic Books £ pages FT Bookshop price £ Confessions of a Mullah Warrior: Book summary and reviews of Confessions of a Mullah Warrior by Masood Farivar.
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Showing of 11 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. As he tells his compelling personal story, Masood Farivar educates his readers about the history, geography and culture of Afghanistan.
This memoir is a must read for individuals who work with Afghan refugees and for anyone who expects to work or engage in military activity in that country. The author allows those of us who have already worked in Afghanistan to vicariously relive some our own experiences in provincial cities and villages by taking us with him into his family home and the abodes of his friends and relatives. Masood Farivar also helps us understand the impact of the Russian occupation and subsequent civil warfare on our Afghans friends and colleagues.
His memoir deepens our appreciation for the resilience and determination of Afghan citizens to rebuild mullau country despite daily violence that continues to threaten them and their families. Audio CD Verified Purchase. It’s a good book, and I am glad I read it as it provides an “insider” view of Afghanistan. I enjoyed knowing more about the history and the warlord politics that have continued on in that country for centuries.
It also gives you an idea of why, try though we may, we will never change that country to a full fledged, stable democracy or republic.
It just won’t happen any time soon. Ignorance and a lack of education permeate the societies there and until that is resolved, there will be no progress for Afghanistan. Masood Farivar provides an enjoyable and digestible first hand account of a complicated region and nation. His upbringing at the crossroads of tribal life and what was then the closest thing in Afghanistan to ‘suburbia’ life, combined with his journey to becoming a warrior fighting communism in the s would serve well for any literature.
Yet, Masood adds the cherry on top; he left Afghanistan for a Harvard education in the s, and then returned to his country a couple years ago. As such, he applies a unique lens that provides a viewing angle for “western” readers.
The outcome is a great read! The power of the story of survival in times of war was great reading. Although I am somewhat prejudiced due to the fact that the author is the cousin of a former exchange student, what the Afghans were going through comes across clearly. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
Written in lucid language. In one word this book is unputdownable. Excellent depiction of Aghan society, their beliefs, fears and geo-political conditions. This book has given me a new understanding of Afghans, their faith, motivations, and family life. Second, it is a necessary primer on recent Afghan political history, without which it is impossible to make sense out of current events in that romote land.
One person found this helpful. How many books are there about Afghanistan, its wars, its depressing history, its being betrayed by the entire world? And how many of those books are told from the perspective of someone who was born and raised in Afghanistan, fought against the Russians, attended Harvard and literally went back to the country while it was still unstable to serve his country?
Confessions of a Mullah Warrior gives an account of Afghanistan’s issues from a perspective that you couldn’t make up. Masood Farivar was born there, grew up there and fought there. He participated [understatement, I know] in the lesser jihad against the Russians, fighting the Soviets and communists, spending time in Tora Bora when our “allies” were there collecting arms from our go-between at the ISI in Pakistan.
Farivar is a mullah warrior. He’s a Muslim fighting for his country, a pious man who grows out his beard according to Islam, a dedicated Muslim who is willing to sacrifice his life for what he believes is right int he eyes of Allah.
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He eventually meets Karimullah who plants the seed of attending school mhllah America. Not any school, though. This Afghan overcomes all odds and graduates from Harvard.
From the perilous roads of Afghanistan and being targeted by enemy gunships to the lush campus of Harvard and cohfessions in New York, Farivar tells his story which will make you proud to be an American, embarrassed to be an American, left in awe of a man whose story makes you grateful of being an American. When he shares of his first impressions when first arriving in America, it makes you laugh, it makes you think and it makes you think twice about how you behave when meeting a foreigner.
His time in America is funny, it’s enlightening, it’s inspirational. You feel his anger, his pain and outrage though where it’s all directed is quite surprising. Even as a seven year old he said he wanted to serve his country, though he didn’t know exactly what that meant at the time.
As you travel through his life, you see how his experiences have shaped who he is and how even before returning to Afghanistan, he has already cohfessions his country. This book alone sheds light to a situation most Americans, even with the 24 hour news coverage, know so little about. Afghanistan becomes more than asquare mile battlefield. It comes to life with characters not waging war on America or smuggling opium to Og.
Real people who you feel yourself rooting for to survive in such chaotic circumstances. Whenever I read life stories like this, I’m amazed at the amount of tragedy a person’s heart can handle.
How much it can absorb and keep beating. And even when it seems there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, I’m amazed how people like Masood Farivar continue to plow forward, fearlessly determined to accomplish a goal that seems virtually impossible and overly optimistic.
If you want to know the real people who live in Afghanistan; their opinions about the Taliban, the warlords, the ISAF, America; the effects of American and Pakistani intervention; then get Confessions of a Mullah Warrior and prepare yourself for a life story that’s still being written as you read.
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