Category Archives: News

Afghanistan’s Female Sons

I recently wrote a piece on the bacha posh custom for Foreign Affairs. The photographs included in the piece are quite stunning.  While it is intriguing to see young girls dressed as boys, it is very remarkable to see an adult woman dressed as a man, cooly walking through Afghanistan's streets.
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Rage for Farkhunda

On March 19th, 2015 the streets of Kabul ran red with Farkhunda’s blood. She lived a pious life.  They called her a heretic. She loved the Quran.  They claimed she burned it. She tried to speak in her own defense.  They silenced her. She wanted to dress modestly.  They tore off her hijab. She wanted to…
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When The Moon Is Low

I couldn't be more pleased to have my second novel, When The Moon Is Low, coming out July 21, 2015.  You can pre-order the e-book or hardcover now and have at least one book ready for your summer reading. When the Moon Is Low is the story of an Afghan family beset by tragedy as…
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Close Call

A narrow miss for Afghan victims of domestic violence.  Last month, Afghan President Hamid Karzai took an important step in the right direction.  He decided to veto proposed legislation that would have prohibited relatives of those accused of domestic violence from testifying against their family members. This dangerous provision, which passed through the parliament, would have…
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Readers’ Guide – The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

The following questions were created for book clubs and discussion groups.  To invite Nadia Hashimi to virtually appear at your book club gathering, please visit the Contact page. Rahima says that Khala Shaima’s story about Bibi Shekiba transformed her, and indeed, this is a novel about transformation. In what ways, besides dressing as males, do…
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What is a Bacha Posh?

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is the story of Rahima, a young girl born into contemporary Afghanistan.  She’s transformed into a bacha posh, which in Dari translates to “dressed as a boy.”  Bacha posh is a custom that goes back at least a hundred years in Afghanistan and Pakistan, though little is known about…
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