Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9782360573073
Collection: Hors Collection
12 x 19 cm
Weight: 596 gr
Pages: 624
First publication: 13/10/2021
CLIL: 3405
BISAC: POL062000

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Le Cri afghan

(The Afghan Scream)

The roots of the Afghan tragedy

In this clarifying and deeply moving book, Michael Barry echoes the cry of distress of millions of Afghans, as their martyred country has just fallen under the yoke of the Taliban.

A committed humanitarian actor, a great specialist of Islamic art and the civilizations of Central Asia, Michael Barry has experienced directly many of the tragedies of Afghanistan. He recounts the Hisstory of this country which was a political and cultural center of great importance, takes step by step the stages which led to the current situation and analyzes the different tendencies of the Islamist movements, the illusion that constituted the establishment of a communist and secular state, the soviet invasion, the rise of al-Qâ'ida and Dâ'esh, the mistakes of the United States, the complex role of Pakistan.

For Michael Barry, the lack of consideration for women is a major problem; it is only by taking into account their legitimate place in society that the country can live in peace and dignity. He strongly reminds us that the condition of women, wherever in the world, concerns us all.

Erratum: we point out that the photograph of Michael Barry which appears on the flap of the cover is by Patrick Pleutin.

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"... le carnet de route d'un érudit aventurier qui rappellerait les Choses vues de Victor Hugo, au prix d'une incroyable traversée des terres d'Islam."

(Sept mook, 21/03/2022)
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Afghanistan, une nation meurtrie. Avec Michael Barry, David Fox, Jean-Pierre Perrin et Nadia Nadim

(Les Matins de France Culture, 15/02/2022)
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"... Le Cri afghan can be read like a novel and more particularly like a thriller explaining, with innumerable precisions and informations, the role of Pakistan in the Afghan tragedy but also that of the complacent witnesses who watch the agony of a people. ... »

(Françoise Hostalier, President and Founder of Action Droits de l'Homme association, 31/01/2022)
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Michael Barry draws the lessons of twenty years of war in Afghanistan. For him, the Taliban have not changed, at most they have become more discreet so as not to ruffle the international sponsors on whom the survival of their regime depends. Whatever their tendency, be they pragmatists or diehards, they have only one aim: the implementation of the Sharia. But unlike Daesh which serves them in some ways as a foil, they are not seeking to build a caliphate but an Islamised version of socialism in one country. Their fiefdom is limited to Afghanistan, with possible overspill into neighbouring countries. Faced with an enemy ready to sacrifice their lives for the sake of their faith, the Americans could only realise the failure of their model on all levels. Worse: by leaving the way clear for the Taliban and by ridding Pakistan of a regime susceptible of allying itself with India, they pushed Islamabad into the arms of China which needed nothing more to strengthen its foothold in south Asia.

(Politique internationale, 20/01/2022)
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Que de violence à l'égard des femmes !

(RFI, 07/01/2022)
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« Si la réflexion de Michael Barry est, en définitive, pessimiste, bouleversante et grave, il veut croire avec les Afghans que demeurent à travers la poésie des espaces de liberté et d'espoir. »

(Les nouvelles d'Afghanistan, 05/01/2022)
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Why we must stand up for Afghan women

(Ouest-France, 04/12/2021)
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Le mal afghan décrypté par un fin connaisseur

(, 01/12/2021)
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"... this book is not just the result of his knowledge. It mixes his science with personal memories of trips started in 1965, angry outbursts and political comments ... "

(Le Monde, 30/11/2021)
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"The tireless and courageous humanitarian activist that is Mike Barry does not admit the war is over. He argues passionately that the cause of women is to the 21st century what the cause of enslaved Black people was to the 19th century, and that this combat cannot be over simply because the Americans lost their war."

(Asian Review of Books, 12/10/2021)
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Réflexion sur le retrait américain d'Afghanistan et à l’émiettement du monde. Quelles en sont les conséquences politiques, mais aussi philosophiques ? Invités : Michael Barry et Solène Chalvon-Fioriti.

(Signe des temps, Marc Weitzmann, France Culture, 05/09/2021)
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L'Afghanistan est souvent présenté comme le "Vietnam de l'URSS". De 1979 à 1989, les forces soviétiques et les rebelles afghans s'enfoncent dans une guerre longue d'une décennie. Invités : Michael Barry et Jean-Pierre Perrin.

(Le Cours de l'histoire, Xavier Mauduit, France Culture, 02/09/2021)
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Michael Barry

Michael Barry is a French-speaking and Persian-speaking American writer. Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, professor at the American University of Kabul whom he was forced to leave, former consultative chairman of the Department of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from New York, he is an internationally recognized specialist in Persian miniature. Particularly concerned by Afghanistan, the tragedies of which he has experienced closely within Médecins du Monde missions and as head of humanitarian teams in the field, in 1989-1990, for the United Nations, Michael Barry is the author of numerous works on Islamic art, and on the history and geopolitics of Afghanistan.

We can quote among his works (in French):
Faiences d’azur, Impr. Nationale, 1995,
Massoud, de l’islamisme à la liberté, Louis Audibert, 2002,
L’Art figuratif en Islam médiéval, Flammarion, 2004,
Le Royaume de l’insolence : l’Afghanistan, 1504 – 2011, Flammarion, 2011.

Photo : © Cole Bunzel.


Préface de l’auteur
1. Avant-propos – Soulever le couvercle
2. Cadre et dynamique géopolitiques de l’Afghanistan
3. Les guerres fondatrices anglo-afghanes et la « ligne Durand », 1838-1919
4. La précaire indépendance, 1919-1978
5. Naissance du Pakistan, débuts de la guerre froide et retour sur le mépris américain, 1947-1955
6. Vers l’orbite soviétique : clivages ethniques et montée du communisme afghan, 1955-1978
7. Triomphe et cauchemar du communisme afghan, 1978-1979
8. Le contre-choc religieux : l’« islamisme » régional et afghan, des origines à la crise de 1978-1979
9. Vers l’abîme soviétique, 1979-1980
10. Intermède tragico-poétique, 1979-2021
11. Les Russes, 1979-1989
12. Les Pakistanais, leur mainmise sur l’Afghanistan et la création des Tâlebân, 1979-2001
13. Les Américains et l’Afghanistan, 1992-2021
14. Les Afghans et l’avancée des Tâlebân
15. La tragédie de l’Af-Pak
16. Les trois maladies de l’Af-Pak
Index des principaux noms propres
Lettre des femmes afghanes aux Tâlebân
Appel d’Ahmad Massoud