English as Second Language

Topics: Afghanistan, Hafizullah Amin, Australia Pages: 8 (2288 words) Published: April 22, 2013
Insight Text Guide
Ruth Thomas

The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif
Najaf Mazari & Robert Hillman

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Character map Overview
About the author Synopsis Character summaries

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Background & context Genre, structure & language Chapter-by-chapter analysis Characters & relationships Themes, ideas & values Different interpretations Questions & answers Sample answer References & reading

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Hakima Najaf’s wife, whom he marries when both are 27; stays in Pakistan before joining Najaf in Australia. mother of husband and wife admires Maria Najaf and Hakima’s daughter; a baby when she is taken to Pakistan; travels to Australia with Hakima to be reunited with her father.

Gorg Ali Mazari Najaf’s eldest brother; killed by a sniper during a battle between the Russians and the mujahedin.


father of

Abdul Ali Mazari Becomes head of the family after Gorg Ali is killed.


Najaf Mazari Afghani rugmaker who flees conflict in his homeland and arrives in Australia as a refugee.

helps Robin Closest friend in Australia.

helps brothers frustrated by Colin Rug dealer; a close friend in Australia. Rosal Ali Mazari Younger, irresponsible brother; killed in a rocket explosion.


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About the authors
Najaf Mazari was born in 1971 in the small village of Shar Shar in northern Afghanistan. At 12 years of age, after his family had moved to the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, Najaf became an apprentice rugmaker – an occupation that suited his propensity for both creativity and hard work. Seeing through his apprenticeship and aspiring to make beautiful rugs gave the young Najaf some respite from the horror of the incessant conflict around him. In 2001, Najaf fled Afghanistan. The Taliban had occupied the north of the country and were carrying out genocide against men in Mazar-e-Sharif. Najaf was captured, tortured and narrowly escaped death before his family paid a people smuggler to convey him out of the country. Najaf reluctantly left his family and his beloved homeland, and embarked on a dangerous journey to Australia. He was detained in the Woomera Detention Centre while his application for refugee status was...
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