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A THOUSAND

SPLENDID SUNS

Khaled Hosseini

PLOT
4 sections:
Mariam
Laila
Relationship between Mariam & Laila
Laila & Tariq

CHARACTERS
Mariam
Laila
Rasheed
Jalil
Nana
Tariq
Mullah Faizullah

AFGHANISTAN -

HERAT / KABUL

EARLY 1960S TO THE EARLY 2000S


AFGHANI VS. SOVIETS

SUMMARY

Like a compass needle that


always points north, a mans
accusing finger always finds a
woman. Always. You remember
that, Mariam.

Gods words will


never betray you,
my girl.

I know youre still young, but I


want you to understand and learn
this now. Marriage can wait,
education cannot. Youre a very,
very bright girl. Truly, you are. You
can be anything you want, Laila. I
know that when this war is over,
Afghanistan is going to need you as
much as its men, maybe even more.
Because a society has no chance of
success if its women are
uneducated, Laila. No chance.

AZIZA Y
ZALMAI

V
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BIOGRAPHY
born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1965
11 years old he moved to France
earned hisM.D. in 1993.

INFLUENCES
Rumi,Hafez,Omar Khayym,Abdul-Qdir Bdil

NOVELS
2003

2007

2013

CULTURAL FACTS ABOUT


AFGHANISTAN

A FEW CULTURAL FACTS


Afghanistan
Location: Southern Asia, north and west of Pakistan, east of Iran Capital: Kabul
Climate: Arid to semiarid; cold winters and hot summers
Population: 29,928,987 (July 2005 est.)
Ethnic Make-up: Pashtun 42%, Tajik 27%, Hazara 9%, Uzbek 9%, Aimak 4%,
Turkmen 3%, Baloch 2%, other 4%
Religions: Sunni Muslim 80%, Shi'a Muslim 19%, other 1%
35% of the Afghan population speaks Pashtu (Afghan Persian)
50% speaks Dari (Afghan Farsi).
11% are Turkic languages (Uzbek and Turkmen)
Bilingualism is common

FACTS CONTINUED
Islam : personal, political, economic and legal lives.
Prayer 5 times a day- at dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset, and
evening.
Friday is the Muslim holy day.
The weekend is considered on Thursday and Friday.
During the holy month of Ramadan all Muslims must fast from
dawn to dusk and are only permitted to work six hours per day.
Fasting includes no eating, drinking, cigarette smoking, or gum
chewing.
Foreigners are not required to fast; however, they must not eat,
drink, smoke, or chew gum in public.

THE FAMILY
Most important unit
Roles:
Women are generally responsible for household duties, NO
PROFESSIONALISM
Men will be the bread winners
Families commonly arrange marriages for their children.
tribe, status, network, and wealth
Families traditionally live together in the same walled compound, known
as the kala. When a son gets married he and his wife begin their married
lives in a room under the same roof.
Family is sacred and highly protected.

HONOR &
HOSPITALITY
Honor and shame:
-Reputation
-Worth
-Association
-Revenge or Honour killing
-Drives behavior with
protection of women
dresswear
social interaction
education and economic activity.
Hospitalit:
-related to gaining honor
-bus - enough

The role of honour and tribalism has fueled much


of the disharmony in the country's recent history with one group carrying out violent acts against
another, the victims are forced to respond causing
a circle of violence. "Afghanistan - Language,
Culture, Customs and Etiquette."

COMMENTS ABOUT THE


BOOK

BIBLIOGRAPHY
"Afghanistan - Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette."
Kwintessential. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2015.