Chapter 23 Summary
Stones and Schools
On a flight from Islamabad to Kabul, Greg meets Zahir Shah, the former king of Afghanistan who has been exiled in Rome for the past thirty years. During his tenure, this man presided over his country during its most enduring peace in the modern era. Earlier, he had overseen the creation of a constitution that emancipated the women of Afghanistan and founded the first university of the modern era, recruiting teachers from around the world to help establish a strong academic tradition in his country. When he returned to the region a year ago, he was met with great enthusiasm as a hopeful sign that things would soon be peaceful and prosperous in Afghanistan. But the hope was...
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