New York Times, February 2002
Afghanistan since the collapse of the Taliban has made many an ordinary event seem extraordinary, and few more so than the task that had Dr. Aziz Ahmad Rahmand, a professor of contemporary Afghan history, bursting with pride, joy and not a little gloating as he hurried about Kabul University on Wednesday... (Read More)

NPR, from Morning Edition Thursday, January 17, 2002
Afghanistan's library in Kabul was destroyed during the years of conflict. NPR's Anne Garrels reports the condition of the library is a clear illustration of the depth of Afghanistan's needs...(Go to Website)

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    a) Native
    • Farsi (the Afghan term for the language is ³Dari,² the English is ³Persian²)
    • Pashto
    • Arabic

    b) Foreign
    • English
    • French
    • German

    a) Professional References & Undergraduate/Graduate School Texts
    • Agriculture
      (e.g., epidemics, draughts, hydrology, animal husbandry, planting/harvesting, agronomy, soil and crop science, entomology, atmospheric science, horticulture, plant pathology)

    • Architecture

    • Business
      (e.g., management, banking, finance/microfinance, economics, marketing)

    • Engineering
      (e.g., civil, electrical, mechanical, industrial, petroleum, material science)

    • Legal
      (e.g., criminal law, constitutional law, property, contracts, procedure)

    • Medical
      (e.g., nursing, nutrition, psychology, epidemiology, public health, pharmacology)

    b) Childrenıs Books
    • 0 to 4 years old (primarily picture books)
    • 5 to 9 (picture books with some words)
    • 10 to 16 (books primarily, or only, with words)

    c) Literature & Poetry
    • Afghani
    • American
    • Arabic
    • East Asian
    • European (including Russia)
    • Persian and Central Asia

    d) Religious Studies
    • Buddhist
    • Christian
    • Hindu
    • Jewish
    • Muslim
    • Other

    e) Educational Textbooks for Introductory Undergraduate Courses and High School Classes and Younger
    • biology
    • chemistry
    • geography and maps
    • geology, earth science, and environmental studies
    • foreign language instruction (English/French/German)
    • history
    • math
    • philosophy
    • physics
    • political science
    • science, general
    • womenıs studies
    • dictionaries
    • encyclopedias

    f) Magazine & Newspapers
    • Business & Finance
        Barronıs, Business Week
        Harvard Business Review

    • News & Current Affairs
        Atlantic Monthly
        The Economist
        Foreign Policy
        Herald Tribune
        New York Times
        New Yorker (magazine)
        U.S. News & World Report
        Wall Street Journal
        Washington Post

    • Science (* = childrenıs publication)
        *Kidıs Discover
        National Geographic
        *National Geographic WORLD
        Natural History
        Popular Mechanics
        Popular Science
        *Ranger Rick

    g) Crafts Guides
    • metalwork
    • painting
    • pottery
    • sewing, knitting, seamstressing, weaving
    • woodwork

    h) How-to Manuals (for non-professional readers)
    • business start-ups
    • infant care
    • mines (recognizing mines, demining)
    • nutrition
    • planting
    • pregnancy and post-partem bleeding

a) Professional Journals
Professional journals, in any of the above areas, are also acceptable.

b) Critical Concerns.
The critical concerns in Afghanistan are the following:
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Finance & Microfinance
  • Health & Safety
  • Infrastructure Rebuilding
c) Cultural Sensitivity
For all books, we must be culturally sensitive about not imposing Western culture; in particular, we should be sensitive about imposing more racy, contemporary Western culture (and this should probably be judged with a conservative eye).

d) General Advice
BFF is collecting books for a population which mostly speaks only native languages and confronts daily challenges of survival, but it is also in the process of educating itself, developing sustainable skills and resources, and rebuilding basic infrastructure. Additionally, there are also some educated, English-speaking, better-off Afghanis who require more specialized sources for overall governance and rebuilding of a civil society.