Mir Tamim Ansary (born November 4, 1948, in Kabul, Afghanistan) is an Afghan-American author and public speaker. He is the author of West of Kabul, East of New York, a book published shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and is a columnist for the encyclopedia website Encarta.
Early life and education
Ansary was born in Afghanistan and lived there until high school when he won a scholarship to Colorado Rocky Mountain School, an American boarding school. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
Writer and lecturer on Afghanistan
Ansary gained prominence in 2001 after he wrote a widely circulated e-mail that denounced the Taliban and called on the United States to bring political change to Afghanistan. The e-mail was a response to a call to bomb Afghanistan "into the Stone Age".
His book West of Kabul, East of New York is a literary memoir recounting his bicultural perspective on contemporary world conflicts. West of Kabul, East of New York was San Francisco's One City One Book selection for 2008. Ansary also edited and published a group of essays by young Afghans entitled, Snapshots: This Afghan American Life with funding from a 2008 grant from the Christianson Fund.
In the middle of 2008 Ansary gave a series of lectures to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, associated with San Francisco State University, on the history and development of Islam. This series was rebroadcast on the local affiliate of National Public Radio [KALW].
Ansary's novel, The Widow's Husband, portrays the nineteenth-century British invasion of Afghanistan from both an Afghan and a British perspective.
Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes was published in spring of 2009 by Public Affairs Books. This book won the 2010 Northern California book award, general nonfiction category. Mir Tamim moderates the San Francisco Writers Workshop in attempt to give back to younger writers what was given to him when young.
Tamim Ansary lives in San Francisco with his wife. They have two daughters.
- "Could deal with Taliban fighters end war?", Tamim Ansary, CNN, January 30, 2010
- West of Kabul, East of New York. Macmillan. 2003. ISBN 978-0-312-42151-9.
- Snapshots: This Afghan American Life. Kajakai Press. 2008. ISBN 978-0-615-19737-1.
- The Widow's Husband. Numina Press. 2009. ISBN 978-0-9753615-0-4.
- Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes. Basic Civitas Books. 2009. ISBN 978-1-58648-606-8.
- Games Without Rules: the Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan. Public Affairs. 2012. ISBN 978-1610390941.
- "Tamim Ansary: from Afghanistan to Portland". The Oregonian. May 27, 2009.
- Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Newsletter March 1, 2004
- Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Website
- "'Destiny Disrupted,' by Tamim Ansary", San Francisco Gate, May 10, 2009
- San Francisco Writers Workshop
- Author's website
- Ansary's email after 9/11
- LitMinds interviews Tamim Ansary
- Tamim Ansary: "Destiny Disrupted": World History from an Islamic Perspective
- Identity Theory interviews Tamim Ansary
- Christian Science Monitor interview about Games Without Rules