Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Dari Or Farsi? Afghanistan’s Long-Simmering Language Dispute

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RFE/RL, 7 November 2017

AAN’s Ali Yawar Adili is quoted on a politicised conflict over linguistic terminology in Afghanistan that has flared up recently again:

Ali Adili, a researcher at Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent think tank in Kabul, says many see the BBC name change as a continuation of this policy. “Afghan Persian speakers oppose a move they think is aimed at dividing one common language that is spoken in a broader civilizational sphere into two,” he says. (…)

Adili says ethnic and linguistic issues are a manifestation of broader identity politics in Afghanistan. Some political figures, for example, have recently told journalists what Persian words they should and should not use. “This is a bid to distinguish Dari and Farsi, which Persian speakers consider as a campaign to block their language and reconstruct their identity,” he says.