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Tamim Ansary

Games Without Rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan

Author Tamim Ansary, on his book, Games Without Rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan, which takes a look at the storied and often misunderstood history of Afghanistan.

By the author of Destiny Disrupted: an enlightening, accessible history of modern Afghanistan from the Afghan point of view, showing how Great Power conflicts have interrupted its ongoing, internal struggle to take form as a nation

[Recorded on March 10, 2022.]

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      Tamim Ansary

      Tamim Ansary is an Afghan American author who grew up in Afghanistan, moved to America when he was 16, and takes a particular interest in times and places where cultures and civilizations overlap. His books include the literary memoir West of Kabul, East of New York, as well as Games Without Rules, the Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan, and Destiny Disrupted, A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, which won a Northern California Book Award and has been translated into fifteen languages. His latest book, The Invention of Yesterday, offers a birds’ eye view of world history as a fabric woven of cultural narratives and explores how a world historical narrative might be constructed for this global age.