The Kite Runner

By William L. Blizek

Group Notes

1. Kathryn A. Cox Schwartz contributed to this review.

2. Pashtuns form the dominant ethnic and linguistic community who gained control over Afghanistan in the 19 th century. See http://www.afghan-network.net/Ethnic-Groups/pashtuns.html.

3. The Hazara settled in Afghanistan at least as far back as the 13th century. Hazaras have always lived on the edge of economic survival. As a result of Pashtun expansionism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, which was fueled by Sunni prejudices against the Shi'I, the Hazaras were driven to the barren dry mountains of central Afghanistan (the Hazarajat). See http://www.afghan-network.net/Ethnic-Groups/hazaras.html The term "Hazara" is believed to come from the word "Hazar," meaning one thousand. See http://www.hazara.net/hazara/haz-summary/haz-summary.html#The%20word%20Haza


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