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Bianca Chaaya

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Transcript of THE KITE RUNNER

Who Said It??
Question: Asian appearance and Mongol background.
Answer: Who are the Hazaras?
Question: The 2 divisions of Islam.
Answer: Who are the Shi'a and Sunni muslims?
Question: "Never mind any of those things. Because history isn't easy to overcome. Neither is religion. In the end, I was a Pashtun and he was a Hazara, I was Sunni and he was Shi'a, and nothing was ever going to change that. Nothing"
Answer: Who is Amir?
Question: Fair skinned, and wide eyed group of people.
Question: The leader of Afghanistan who supported Pashtun domination.
Question: The ancestors of this group of people are Mongolian.
Answer: Who are the Hazaras?
Question: List 2 types of Pashtun jobs/ careers.
Answer: What are government positions, merchants, businessmen and entrepreneurs?
Question: This group followed Abu Bakr as Mohammed the prophet's successor.
Question: This division of Islam follows the word of Ali.
Answer: Who are the Shi'a muslims/ Hazaras?
Question:"Afghanistan is the land of Pashtuns...We are the true Afghans, the pure Afghans, not this Flat-Nose here. His people pollute our homeland"
Answer: Who is Assef?
Question: "I was eighteen. Her name was Homaira. She was a Hazara, the daughter of our neighbor's servants...It was Homaira and me against the world...In the end, the world always wins"
Answer: Who are the Pashtuns?
Answer: Who is Abdur Rahman Khan?
Answer: Who are the Hazaras?
Answer: Who is Rahim Khan?
Answer: Who are the Sunnis/ Pashtuns?
Question: Seen as dogs, servants, and slaves.
BY: Bianca, Jasmine, Danielle & Maia
The kite runner
hazara and Pashtun conflict
1. appearance
2. Career opputrunities
3. societal differences
4. rweligion
Hazara oppression:
historical background
Began when Abdur Rahman khan became ruler of Afghanistan.
He favoured the Pashtuns and despised the Hazaras.
the Hazaras were the proud invaders of Afghanistan for centuries but were forced to live in the mountains of Kazarasjat
The government loathed the Hazaras because they are Shi'a muslims and the government is Sunni
Difference between Shi'a and Sunni Muslims
They are two branches of Islam.
The Sunni followed Abu Bakr as Mohammed the prophet's successor. Abu Bakr was Mohammed's father in law.
The Shi'a favoured Ali, Mohammed's cousin and son in law to continue his legacy.
Ali and his successors are called imams.
The Sunni and the Shi'a hate one another.
Many historians claim after the fall of the Mongolian Genghis Khan many Mongolians emigrated to Afghanistan. Due to the mongol ancestry their features are different from the Pashtuns.
Pashtuns look Caucasian with their fair skin and wide eyes.
Hazaras have tan skin, thinner eyes and Asian resemblance.
career opportunities
the Pashtuns have the high paying, honourable jobs such as government positions, merchants, businessmen and entrepreneurs.
in Kabul, the Hazaras have low paying, menial jobs such as janitorial jobs and servants.
other options are not possible for them, or they will be persecuted.
Societies views
Creates restrictions between Amir and Hassan's relationship.
Ali is as dear to Baba as a brother; he calls him "family." But Ali still lives in a hut and sleeps on a mattress on the floor.
Amir is allowed to go to school to receive an education but Hassan will stay illiterate and fulfills his duty of a noble servant.
Amir is the privileged son of a rich Pashtun merchant protected because of his father's social status, for example he does not get beaten at school for talking.
Ali and Hassan are mistreated as they are 'just Hazaras".
Ali is taunted by the small children of the neighbourhood, as well as his son Hassan, because they are Hazaras (the minority)

The largest wedge between the Pashtuns and Hazaras is Religion.
Pashtuns are Sunni and Hazaras are Shi'a.
These two branches of Islam despise one another.
Although Amir and Hassan are both Muslims, they approached their faiths differently.
Hassan, a devout Shi’a Muslim, embraces his religion and demonstrates how his faith provides him strength in the face of adversity.
Amir’s uncertainty about God and his faith affect his decision-making often with negative consequences.


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"World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples." Minority Rights Group International : Afghanistan : Hazaras. Web. 15 June 2015.

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. Print.
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