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Afghanistan's war rug industry distorts the reality of everyday trauma

By Jamal J. Elias, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania
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The end of the U.S.-led military intervention in Afghanistan has resulted in the withdrawal of most foreign aid workers and contractors.

It may well also spell the demise of the country’s war rug industry.

As a specialist in the visual and material culture of the Islamic world, I first became aware of war rugs when I was…


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