The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif follows the extraordinary journey of Najaf Mazari from the despair of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime to the flowering of a. Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman’s The rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif: insight text guide / Ruth Thomas. 1st ed. (pbk.) Insight text guide. 6 May The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif begins in the Woomera Detention Centre where Najaf Mazari is locked up alongside other “illegals” and.

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Jan 12, Sammie Khoo rated it really liked it. These are important works, and I struggle to see how anyone can read them and fail to be moved.

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One only needs to think about his state as a bedridden youngster who refused to succumb to his leg injury …. Are we being hood-winked? You find yourself cheering him mazar-e-dharif, wanting him to finally make it to Australia, the sanctuary from all the hardship he lived through in his own country. While the book was well written, I just found it very difficult to finish. Want to Read saving….

The Rugmaker Of Mazar-e-sharif

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. You can’t really rate a story that is someone’s life.

Many human rights activists believe that this policy contravenes fundamental human rights. Return to Book Page. Feb 26, Jess rated it it was ok.

It is carefully and artistically structured. An antidote to the mindless bigotry I hear regularly in the thhe and from Australians about this issue.

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The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif

I disliked the disjointed structure of the book – as it felt jerky and often took away from the events being recounted. From author Arnold Zable: He organized rrugmaker resistance to the unpopular and unjust British measures such as the Salt Tax in and was repeatedly imprisoned. With any luck this type of literature may slowly bring about a change in the way the general public views the part they mazar-e-sharig play in the pligh Inspiring and heartfelt account of what causes a man to leave his homeland and family and the following perilous journey.


I have read other books that have chapters jumping between times and locations and it was difficult to follow, but in this book both stories flowed and it worked. He draws attention to one particular case of a fellow Afghani, who he believes was completely genuine. Gandhi believed that the opponent or the perpetrator of injustice must be weaned from his error by patience and sympathy. And yet, one bullet that takes a second to speed through the air and strike a man will kill him in an instant.

Beautifully written, it tells Najif’s story from his boyhood as a shepherd in Afghanistan to his detention in a camp in the Australian desert to his successful business as a rug seller and repairer in Melbourne.

Dec 13, Felicity rated it really liked it. The man was so dejected and so terrified of his unknown future, that he resorted to self mutilation. It is an engrossing story with an amazing narrator that will remind you what rugmakdr is to be a great human being under extraordinary circumstances.

Would be enjoyable for students who love history and have a passion for finding the depths of human emotions and struggles. Such faith in a benevolent God, he believes, that helped him to recuperate from his near fatal knee wound also stands him in good stead throughout his time in the detention centre and rewards him with a better life in Australia.


There are obvious parallels with Gandhi who developed a non-violent creed known as satyagraha steadfastness in truth. In his case, he also believes that he has triumphed because of his faith in a benevolent God and the fact that values of truth, humility mazar-w-sharif peace will eventually triumph over adversity and brutality.

Hillman never strays from Mazari’s voice. Najaf refuses to leave and is forced into hiding. Oct 23, Tundra rated it it urgmaker ok.

The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif by Najaf Mazari

Apr 03, Paula rated it liked it. Aug 28, Rhonda Korda rated it liked it. Although I enjoyed the story and can appreciate the hardships and the utter desperation that people in countries such as Afganistan face, I can’t help but feel a little bit skeptical about the authenticity of the whole story.

But as I went along, I got to see the terrible devastation in which Najaf was forced to come to Australia by boat. Some of the goodness of God himself goes into such a man. Oct 03, Jane Milton rated it liked it. However, hhe book was so badly written I found it frustrating to plough through.

I can only be grateful that someone has had the good sense to make this book required reading for the young people of this country.