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A Thousand Splendid Suns: A Thousand Splendid Suns


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Meaning of Character Names

  • Tariq (ta-REEK): name of a star, evening caller
  • Laila (LIE-lah): born at night, night beauty
  • Maryam (MAYR-ee-um): Arabic form of Mary, uncertain, maybe bitter
  • Rasheed (rah-SHEED): rightly guided, wise
  • Aziza (ah-ZEE-zah): powerful, beloved
  • Zalmai (ZAHL-my): youthful


Kabul Skyline
Jim Kelly, "Kabul Skyline." Photo taken October 19, 2009. Wikimedia Commons:


A Thousand Splendid Suns takes its title from this poem by the 17th century Persian poet Saib-e-Tabrizi.