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"The Cradle of Dari": The Question of "Origins" in Modern Literary Historiography in Afghanistan

Abstract : Persian literatury has historically remained borderless, transcending any single polity or nationstate. In the modern period, however, nationalist reconfigurations of this literary tradition tend to ascribe to it a territorially bounded definition. Concurrent with the emergence of Persian as a scholarly discipline and a national institution in Iran and Afghanistan, Persian literary historiography has become a significant ground for contention and contestation. While Iranian scholars consider Persian literary history to epitomize the splendor of Iranian cultural heritage, Afghan scholars, in contrast, are keen to point out that the territory that constitutes Afghanistan can best claim to represent the “original” home of Persian literary efflorescence, the ground where Persian literary production emerged, developed, and came to full fruition. This paper offers a critical perspective on M. H. Zhubal’s Tarikh-i Adabiyat-i Afghanistan, a seminal and influential text of literary historical inquiry and philological investigation.
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Wali Ahmadi. "The Cradle of Dari": The Question of "Origins" in Modern Literary Historiography in Afghanistan. Slovo, Presses de l’INALCO, 2020, How to think of literary history in the 21st century in the Euro-Asian space?, ⟨10.46298/slovo.2020.6138⟩. ⟨hal-02485189⟩

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