In the book, The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini, symbolism is showered throughout to give a deeper understanding and add power to his story. Through the use of symbolism, Khaled Hosseini represents the abstract concepts of freedom, goodness, sadness and friendship through the concrete objects of kites, deformities, weather, and a pomegranate tree. Kite fighting is the signature event of Afghanistan in The Kite Runner, which soon becomes the representation of freedom. Before the Taliban come into power, kite flying, along with kite flying tournaments are common throughout Kabul. While the Tabilban occupy Afghanistan however, Rahim Khan mentions to Amir that only two weeks after the Taliban took over, “... the Taliban banned kite fighting.”
Islamic Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals is an attempt by Douglas E. Streusland to present the similarities and difference between the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires that stretched across the Middle East. The book focuses on political, military, and economic history rather than on the social, cultural, and intellectual history. Even though Streusland has extensive knowledge and understanding of the Mughal Empire, he still has several observations that make the book a valuable read for anyone studying the history of the Middle East. The book begins with a brief history about the formation of the Islamic culture up until the beginning of the Gunpowder Empires.
We all take on missions everyday. Whether it is to get good grades or just live. But three people who took on extraordinary missions were Ahmedi, Ben, and Aengus. Ahmedi was trying to escape Afghanistan for a better life, Ben was trying to save innocent people 's lives from a missile, and Aengus was looking for his true love. Their missions may seem different however, all three were determined to succeed at their missions so they can have a better life.
Genocide and Persecution Although the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that each individual has the right to life, liberty and security, there have been numerous occasions where this has been disregarded. One repeated offense that defies this natural right is the act of genocide. Genocide, or the systematic killing of a people, is an action taken to attempt to mass murder a specific ethnic or national group. Since the 1990’s, the Kurds in Iraq have undergone the Al-Anfal Campaign-
Ahmed’s Journey in America When Salman Ahmed was in Pakistan he didn’t have enough money to buy an air plane ticket, but his friends help him to get one. When he came to America he faced so many obstacles but he didn’t give up on his dreams. Ahmed always wanted to become a successful businessman because his family needs some financial support. He can’t speak English and he also didn’t know where to stay at because he didn’t know anybody who can help him. However, he did found one job and started working there, but it was getting tough for him to survive.
While watching the film, The Kite Runner, I reflected on my own culture and values. I first realized there was a similarity between the Afghan culture and my own. When I was growing up, my father was the decision maker and leader of our family. While our patriarchal culture was not as strict as the one depicted in this film, I was surprised to learn that there was even a slight resemblance in our family roles. Since my own family was happily led by our father, I realized that other cultures probably feel satisfied with the patriarchal system as well.
In Judaism the Torah is a scared symbol. In Hebrew, Torah means “instruction” or “guidebook.” It was composed 2,700 years ago. The Torah contains five books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. It also has the oral traditions of the rabbis and all of the Jewish literature.
In the novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini portrays the story of Amir, a young Afghan boy who learns about what it means to be redeemed through the experiences he encounters in his life. The idea of redemption becomes a lesson for Amir when he is a witness to the tragic sexual assault of his childhood friend, Hassan. As a bystander in the moment, Amir determines what is more important: saving the life of his friend or running away for the safety of himself. In the end, Amir decides to flee and as a result, he lives with the guilt of leaving Hassan behind to be assaulted. Hosseini shows us how Amir is constantly dealing with the remorse of the incident, but does not attempt to redeem himself until later in his life when Hassan has died.
Aftermaths of 9/11 ,2005 London Bombings and the emergence of Isis in Iraq, gives birth to a question that Being a Muslim is fortunate or unfortunate in the Western world. As Islam is unfortunately the most misinterpreted, distorted and wrongly portrayed religion in the world presently ,and the sufferers are the ordinary Muslims in their day to day lives. If we see the latest world view for example ,like the destruction of Twin towers in America,2005 London Bombings in England ,The conflict of Israel and Palestine and the ongoing beheadings which are being continuously done by the ISIS in Iraq, are affecting the Muslim diaspora in the western world and therefore it is an obnoxious fact ,that some Muslims who are kind of black sheep’s of the community ,are the cause of disturbing peace
In the article, “The Arab World", anthropologist Edward T. Hall discusses how Arabs have a different concept of space and boundary than westerners for public and private places and how this can help explain certain aspects of how Arabs behave. As a renowned anthropologist who has written prolifically and has conceived several important theories in anthropology, Hall is quite qualified to write on the topic of cultural differences and his propositions might be considered extremely credible. Despite possessing such qualifications and writing a well-organized and logical essay, Hall’s arguments in the article are quite lacking because of a biased tone, a lack of evidence, an overreliance on ethos and the use of some logical fallacies. The article basically tries to ascertain how and why Arabs behave differently than people from the west based on “proxemics research”.