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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However, the book was so badly written I found it frustrating to plough through. Jan 21, Cath rated it really liked it.

And yet, one maza-e-sharif that takes a second to speed through the air and strike a man will kill him in an instant. Jan 30, Karen rated it it was amazing. It deeply explores the struggles of a man who made the difficult decision to travel to Australia without his family, in hope that one day he would reunite with his family and start a new life.

It deserves to be read by everyone who was ashamed at the way Australia treated refugees through the Howard years. Jun 22, Mardi Edwards rated it it was amazing. This should be required reading!

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I started the book with my own opinions about refugees in Australia. Quotes from The Rugmaker of M An interesting insight into the travails of one of the refugees seeking asylum in Australia.

Captivating, funny, charming, suspenseful, interesting, tragic Although I enjoyed the story and can appreciate rugmakdr 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. I appreciated this book for its honest recount of Najaf’s life.

Never have I read such an immersive collaborative autobiography.

And finally, Najaf becomes a proud Australian citizen glad to have the chance to give his daughter a taste of peace. Having said this, I think this book is fairly poorly written and would have been significantly improved has it been written in a chronological manner rather than this disjointed product. The Hazaras are expelled from Mazar el Sharif. Lists with This Book. His independence as a growing young man occurs when he, unknown to his family, apprentices himself to a rugmaker, which give him much joy, and a trade for life.


Afghanistan is a country of contradictions, with a very complex history and this books enlightens the reader about the reasons that many flee their country in search of a better life. Even though you know he’s going to make it through all the hurdles, because you’re holding the book in your hands, you’re still captured by his experiences. It also publishes a range of articles on popular school texts.

Inspiring and heartfelt account of what causes a man to leave his homeland and family and the following perilous journey.

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This is the incredible truth behind why refugees need our help. Anyone who doubts a refugee’s experience and limits it to the fact that they “just want to come to Australia” or any other pathetic excuse they conjure should read this book and probably many others if we are being honest.

When Gorg Ali dies, Najaf must shoulder more responsibility, which provides another perspective. Najaf describes how many of the refugees in the detention centre live in constant fear of being deported to the country that caused them so much trauma.

While the book was well written, I just found it very difficult to finish. Hillman never strays from Fo voice. Julian Burnside QC maintains that under Article 14 of the universal declaration of human rights every ,azar-e-sharif has a right to seek asylum in any territory to which they can gain access. Thus the story sounds like a monologue, written down verbatim. Apr 22, Bev rated it it was amazing.

Najaf has a composed temperament and responds to both his personal and family problems in a reasoned and measured way. From author Arnold Zable: Want to Read saving….

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I will always have this story settled like silt in my soul. A rugmxker story of Najaf Mazari and his inspirational journey to flee Afghanistan and save his wife and daughter. This book allows readers to understand the motivations and contexts of the lives asylum seekers lead and th This is an important book that should be read by all who take our safety and peaceful lives for granted.

There are obvious parallels with Gandhi who developed a non-violent creed known as satyagraha steadfastness in truth. This is the first book that has made me cry and laugh – definitely pulled on my heart strings. Jan 16, Clare Smith rated it really liked it. We learn much about his family background and the losses he has endured.

Resources include a workbook program that helps students improve their analytical vocabulary and their persuasive and reasoning skills.

The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif

No trivia or quizzes yet. His family members advised against an occupation that may have been unstable and insecure. His ability rugma,er constantly withstand one crisis after another renews his faith in God and reinforces his optimistic outlook on life.

Jun 12, Russell rated it it was amazing. Open Preview See a Problem? An appropriate book fo finish on Australia Day. Too often people watch stories on the television news and read the articles in the newspaper and label these groups as queue-jumpers or criminals, attaching unfairly negative connotations to them. He organized passive resistance to the unpopular and unjust British measures such as the Salt Tax in and was repeatedly imprisoned.