The Best Afghanistan Books

There are some absolute "must reads" Afghanistan books and some unique resources you may not have heard about. shows over 300 items related to Afghanistan. So where should you start?

Highly Recommended Books on Afghanistan

Here are some books to get you started - some are old, and some are new, but these are on the list of "required reading" for "newbies" by agencies working in the country for the past 40 years.

  • Afghanistan by Louis Dupree An oldie, but a classic.

  • The Great Game by Peter Hopkirk

    ...and the Great Game continues today.
  • Afghanistan: A Short History of Its people and Politics by Martin Ewans

  • Review of Breadwinner, Parwana's Journey, Mud City
    Trilogy by Deborah Ellis.

  • A review by an American mom.

  • Review of Real Men Keep Their Word
    A translation of Dari short stories by Arley Loewen

  • Images of Afghanistan
    Introducing the new book by Arley Loewen and colleague Josette McMichael. This is an excellent source for an up-to-date account of Afghanistan culture as seen through art and literature.

  • Photography Book

    Beautiful photos of Afghanistan in a bound book by Joseph Hoyt. Images of Afghanistan photography book highlights the beautiful people of Afghanistan.
  • Afghan Hearts and Minds by Shafie Ayar
  • See this is a very comprehensive Bibliography of books about Afghanistan for additional reading.

Another list is available in the Afghanistan Adventure Planning Guide.

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A contractor's take on Afghanistan, its people, and its place in a competitive world. The assignment was an agriculture fair in Herat. Eventually 20,000 …

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Practical Books long-time friends and experts in the region

Conversational Dari by Euegene Glassman and audio lessons to go with the book

Surviving in Dari by International Assistance Mission (IAM)

Speaking Afghan Pashto by Randall Olson and audio lessons to go with the book

Progressing Pashto by David Burns

Let’s Become Literate and associated Easy Readers(An adult Literacy Primer. Great to start learning reading and writing in Dari)

To obtain these books, check out Interlit Foundation

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Books Published in Afghanistan

Shah M. Bookstore, the pre-eminent bookseller and publisher in Afghanistan has the largest book outlet in Kabul.

Mr. Rais, the owner of Shah M. Books, has recently written Once Upon a Time There Was A Bookseller in Kabul as a response to The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad.

Mr. Rais is also working on a partnership to make more Afghanistan books published by Shah M. Books available in the UK, so hopefully there will be a way soon for people outside of Afghanistan to purchase books being published here.

In the meantime, check out Shah's books to learn more about some of the unique Afghan books found at this shop.

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