Afghan Biographies

Zulfacar, Maliha Prof. Dr.

Name Zulfacar, Maliha Prof. Dr.
Ethnic backgr. Tajik
Date of birth 1961
Function/Grade Ex-Ambassador
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions:
Professor Sociology Kabul University(1979),
Professor Sociology California Polytechnic State University (1999),
Ambassador to Germany (2008 - 201005)

3. Biodata:
Maliha_Zufacar Maliha Zulfacar was born 1961 in Kabul. As the daughter of a diplomat, she led a life of privilege as a child in the Afghanistan of the 1950s and '60s. She had private dance and music instructors. She was the first female to drive a car in Kabul, at age 15. After her graduation from Rabia Balkhi High School in Kabul, she was also the first Afghan woman to pursue a college education in the United States, where she earned her bachelor's and two master's degrees - one in sociology and one in community planning. Returning to teach at Kabul University, Zulfacar was a sociology professor at Kabul University before fleeing the Russian occupation of Afghanistan in 1979 for Germany. She lived in Germany from 1979 to 1985, becoming fluent in German and studying at the German Technical Institute at Braunschweig. In 1985, she came to the United States and settled in California to raise her two children. She joined the Cal Poly Social Sciences Department in 1988. She returned to Germany in 1995, to earn her doctorate in sociology in 1998 from Paderborn University. Her doctoral thesis compared and contrasted the experience of Afghan immigrants in Germany and the United States. Maliha Zulfacar taught sociology as a professor at California Polytechnic State University before her current position representing Afghanistan in Germany. She is the first woman appointed as an ambassador from Afghanistan She and her two children are U.S. citizens. On Sept. 10, 2001, her son was attending the New England School of Law and her daughter was just starting her freshman year at Smith College. She has been living 23 years abroad. Zulfacar speaks German, English and Dari

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