Lost & Misrepresented Voices of Afghanistan Chapter 3 Page 5

control of the Taliban. However, Sultan does not let this deter him from running his successful businesses or from making decisions within the household that the Khan family dare not speak against. Sultan can be seen clearly as a trickster figure who takes advantage of his prominent and respectable figure within the community to marry another much younger female despite being already married. Sultan decides to defy the Islamic code of the Koran by not requesting permission from his first wife in order to go ahead with the second marriage. Instead, he selects a second wife who happens to be a rather young and immature sixteen−year−old girl called Sonya whom Sultan perceives as being his ‘perfect’ partner. It seems clear that Sultan views his current wife negatively as she lacks vitality and youthfulness, furthermore his choice in a