8am: Sources on Tuesday, September 20, speaking to Hasht-e Subh said that in a new move, the Taliban group removed the Persian signs of the departments of management, publications, information technology, procurement management, and several other departments and replaced them with Pashto and English signs. This is while 90% of the visitors to government offices
8am: Professors at private universities in Kabul say that the Taliban has tripled the number of credits for the Saqafat-e-Islami (Islamic Culture) by issuing letters to non-profit universities, forcing private-owned institutions to remove Dari literature from their curriculum and replace it with Saqafat-e-Islami. According to them, teachers and professors of Dari – or Persian –
MEReports: Is it a clash between Pashtun tribal culture and Farsiwan (Tajiks, Turks, Hazaras, etc.)? To some degree it is: Farsiwan culture is sophisticated and extended from Iraq and Anatolia to India and over the Oxus into Central Asia and Inner Asia. Persian culture produced hundreds of thousands of titles of scientific and literary import;
Ariana: “Some individuals shamelessly say we don’t accept the name of Afghanistan and want to change it to Khorasan. Khorasan is a province in Iran. There is no one to hold them accountable and give them a lesson,” Hekmatyar said while speaking at a mosque in Kabul. Recently, Abdul Latif Pedram, leader of the National
Press TV March 17, 2018 Building on a notably-successful and long-running first experience, Iran has launched iFilm2 television channel for Dari speakers within and outside the country’s borders. The inauguration ceremony took place on Saturday in the presence of Abdol-Ali Ali-Asgari, the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), and Peyman Jebelli, the
The Diplomat: Afghanistan has recently been the scene of a debate on what the real name of one of its official languages is. Afghanistan has two official languages, Pashto and Dari. However, most Dari speakers natively call their language Farsi or Persian. According to Radio Free Europe, the dispute over the name of the language was
Reuters: The BBC is facing an angry reaction in Afghanistan after it changed the name of one of its local language Facebook pages to BBC Dari, the official name of the Afghan version of Persian or Farsi but one rejected by many local Persian speakers. Click here to read more (external link). Related Dari Or Farsi?
The Diplomat: Tensions are rising over the use of Afghanistan’s two official languages. Pohantun (Pashto) or daneshgah (Persian), which of the two should be used as the word for “university” in Afghanistan? The Afghan constitution recognizes both Persian (Dari) and Pashto as the country’s official languages; in practice, however, there is less agreement on which of these