Getting Familiar with the Setting. Go to the following site and take the Middle East Map Challenge. http://www.rethinkingschools.org/just_fun/games/mapgame.html Life in Kabul: Take a photo tour of Kabul 2009 http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/YeDTqQKxeyg/Life+In+Kabul/bhB18kPhXTv.
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How would you describe Kabul? What does it look like – terrain? Weather? Geography? What are the cities like? What do the buildings look like?
Afghanistan hit the world's headlines in 1979. Afghanistan seemed to perfectly summarize the Cold War. From the west's point of view, Berlin, Korea, Hungary and Cuba had shown the way communism wanted to proceed. Afghanistan was a continuation of this.
In Christmas 1979, Russian paratroopers landed in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The country was already in the grip of a civil war. The prime minister, Hazifullah Amin, tried to sweep aside Muslim tradition within the nation and he wanted a more western slant to Afghanistan. This outraged the majority of those in Afghanistan as a strong tradition of Muslim belief was common in the country.
1) Based on the opening paragraph, the reader can infer…
2) What is the Mujahdeen?
3) What is jihad?
4) The Mujahdeen declared jihad against Amin for all of the following reasons except…
A. Russia couldn’t win; this was their Vietnam War.
B. The Mujahdeen
C. The Taliban
country for political or reiligious beliefs can seek safety in
This book is dedicated to
Haris and Farah, both
the noor of my eyes,
and to the children
4) What does noor mean? Hint you might want to ask Noor Mohammed
5) Who are Haris and Farah?