Page 257. " like the prophet's wife "

Aisha bint Abu Bakr was the third wife of the Prophet Muhammad, and may have been a child bride.  Her father was one of Muhammad's closest advisers, the first convert to Islam, the compiler of the Qur'an, and the first Muslim ruler or caliph. 

Aisha was the source of many of the sacred Islamic texts known as the Hadith, and was considered the most reliable of the wives as she was said to be the only one still a virgin when they married.  It's been suggested that up to a quarter of all Sharia law is based on her narrations.

Sunni muslims hold Aisha in high esteem and believe she was Muhammad's favourite wife.  He strenuously defended her against his companions' accusations of her adultery, and he is said to have died with his head in her lap.  Shia muslims take a more negative view of her, claiming she stirred up trouble amongst the Prophet's family.

Page 265. " Lollywood movie star "

Derived from the words "Lahore" and "Hollywood", Lollywood is the name adopted by the Pakistani movie industry.  Films have been made in Lahore since 1929, but the name was not coined until 1989.  Production has now spread to Karachi and Peshawar.

Page 271. " reputedly the biggest mosque in the world "
Shah Faisal Mosque
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeShah Faisal Mosque - Credit: Rik van Oijen
The Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad was constructed between 1976 and 1986, and was paid for by the Saudi Arabian government.

On completion, it was the largest in the world, but by the time Amir and Sohrab reached Islamabad five other mosques around the globe had surpassed it.  Shah Faisal can accommodate 100,000 worshippers. 

Designed by Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay, the mosque is modelled on a Bedouin tent.  It lacks the dome of more traditional mosques.  The minarets are 80 metres high.


Inside Shah Faisal Mosque
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeInside Shah Faisal Mosque - Credit: David Owers