Afghanistani poetry, the poetry of Afghanistan, has ancient roots and has been written in many languages, mainly in Dari (Persian). Afghan poetry relates to the culture of Afghanistan, the Afghan people and the region of Afghanistan or the former Khorasan region.
Afghanistan was noted for its poetic language even before the Islamic conquest of Afghanistan in the 7th through 11th centuries. Some of the famous poets from the region of Afghanistan (or Khorasan) include Daqiqi, Rumi, Jami, Anwari, Nasir Khusraw, Rabi'a Balkhi and many others.
Due to political unrest and wars in the country, many women poets have remained hidden. Today, there are very few established young Afghan women poets like Afghan American Sajia Alaha Ahrar, a student at the University of Mary Washington in the United States, wrote a poem in 2010 entitled "Desire for World's Peace".
Persian poetry from AfghanistanEdit
- Main article: Persian poetry
The Persian language has a long poetic tradition. Poets writing in Persian include Rumi, noted for his themes of love and humanity; Khwaja Abdullah Ansari, noted for his chants; and Sanai Ghaznawi, and the modern poet Wasef Bakhtari.
Pashto poetry from AfghanistanEdit
- Amir Kror Suri, son of Amir Polad Suri, is an 8th century folk hero and king from the Ghor region of Afghanistan.
- Khushal Khan Khattak, 17th century Pashto poet-warrior from Akora Khattak in today's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
- Rahman Baba, one of the greatest Pashto poets of all times, whose works are every bit as important to the Pashtun as William Shakespeare is to the English. His works are spiritual.
- Nazoo Anaa (Pashto)
- Ghani Khan (Pashto)
- Hamza Baba (Pashto)
- Ajmal Khattak (Pashto)
- Kabir Stori (Pashto)
- Babarzai (Pashto)
- Karwan (Pashto)
- Malang Jan Baba (Pashto)
- Shah Sayed Miran (Pashto)
- Shah Sayed Guloon (Pashto)
- Ahmad Shah Baba (Pashto)
- Shah Shuja (Pashto)
- Timur Shah (Pashto)
- Hamid of Kashmir (Pashto)
- Mohammad Amin Zazai (Pashto)
- Abdul Qader Khattak (Pashto)
- Ashraf Hejri (Pashto)
- Abdul Hamid Mohmand (Pashto)
- Kazim Khan Shaida (Pashto)
- Pir Mohammad Kakar (Pashto)
- Bait Neka (Pashto)
- Rahmat Aziz Chitrali (Pashto/Khowar/Urdu)
- Sohail Dari Dr Mohammad Asef Sohail
- Ali Khan (Pashto)
- Abdul Hanan Barakzai (Pashto)
- Zia Sahar Utman Khal
- Ziaurrehman (ZIA) from Wahdat.
- ↑ http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2010/042010/04052010/538933
- ↑ http://worldpoetry.ca/?p=513#comment-464
- ↑ Afghan Monarchs: Sher Shah Suri, Amanullah Khan, Habibullah Khan, Amir Kror Suri. London: General Books. 2010. pp. 26. ISBN 1156384257, 9781156384251. http://books.google.com/books?id=bDSWSQAACAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s. Retrieved 2010-09-26.
- ↑ Afghanistan. 20-22. Historical Society of Afghanistan. 1967. p. 47. http://books.google.com/books?id=zhrjAAAAMAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s. Retrieved 2010-09-26.
- ↑ "Rahman Baba: Poet of the Pashtuns". BBC News. February 21, 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4273915.stm. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
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