Monthly archive for July 2011

Enjoy Afghanistan

Compiled by IAM

An extensive collection of orientation materials encompassing many aspects of life in Afghanistan. It is an introduction to the culture and customs of the Afghan people, including the history and religion of Afghanistan, practical living skills and tips (including health and security), helpful hints on language learning and much more. It is suitable for the short-term worker, as well as one planning to be in the country for an extended period of time.

Enjoy Afghanistan contains a valuable pre-arrival section dealing with issues such as visa application, inoculations and what to bring in the suitcase, as well as language and culture learning tips.

Enjoy Afghanistan can be studied as part of a systematic orientation course, but equally, is an invaluable resource for any individual or group seeking to work in Afghanistan.

Table of Contents and Sample pages can be viewed below.

Published in 2003; 378 pages; Spiral Bound Soft Cover; ISBN 969-8343-30-X

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The Frontier Town of Peshawar

By Sayed Amjad Hussain In English

This is a brief but extremely interesting monograph on the city of Peshawar. It is stylishly produced and illustrated with photographs and line art. In a small compass, the author has managed to depict the long fascinating history of his native city. There is something in this book of interest to students of all periods of the region’s history. Text includes 2 composite maps of Peshawar as well as a time line from 2000 BC to the present for the region.

Published in 2000; 7″ x 8.5″ [size]; 27 pages; ISBN 969-8343-13-X

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One Hundred Afghan Persian Proverbs

Well-known and oft used proverbs; a window into the minds of Afghans.

by Dr. J. Christy Wilson, Jr.

Proverbs provide a window into the minds and hearts of Afghans; and these proverbs have been carefully selected from among the many thousands in use in Afghanistan by Dr. J. Christy Wilson, Jr., a Christian educator and humanitarian who served in Kabul for over twenty years. The current revised edition of One Hundred Afghan Persian Proverbs includes a transliteration of each proverb based on the phonetic system devised by Eugene Glassman, thereby facilitating the use of the book as a language and culture acquisition resource, and a companion volume to the book Conversational Dari. This proverb book will be of special interest to teachers and students of Dari (Afghan Persian), relief and development workers and NGOs assisting the Afghan people, and to the large English-speaking Afghan Diaspora in the West, who desire to share the treasures of their culture with their own children and friends.

2001 Edition Dari (Romanized Phonetics)/English; 59 pages; Includes 8 pen & ink illustrations by an Afghan artist ; 5″ x 7.5″ [size] Paperback; ISBN 969-8343-22-9

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Visions of Love: Sufi Poetry of the Pashtuns

Poetry by the popular poet, Abdul Rahman Baba.

Translated by Robert Sampson

This book is a celebration of the poetry which forms the core of the deeply spiritual and expressive oral culture of the Pushtuns. The poetry in this volume is a selection from the work of their most popular poet – Abdul Rahman Baba. The English translator has attempted to free the verse from the constraints of rhyme and metre to communicate its essence.

Contentment

Contentment is the satin cloth under my
patched cloak;
I appear to be a beggar, but secretly am
king of the whole world.
Rahman Baba was born in 1650 and lived near Peshawar towards the end of the Mughal era. He wrote at a time when the mystical face of Islam, known as Sufism, was dominant in local culture. Like other Sufi poetry, a delicious ambiguity exists in the expression of love for the Divine and the human beloved. Rahman’s vision of love – with its soaring values of equality and tolerance – is a refreshing antidote to the obsession with rank, power and sectarianism that has so come to plague our world.

The poems are accompanied by photographs of modern-day Pashtuns in Afghanistan and Pakistan; monochrome in a sepia tint on cream coloured paper, with a photograph on every other page.

Published in 2008; English; 100 pages; 8″ x 7.5″ [Size]; Paperback; ISBN 978-969-8343-41-5

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Sow Flowers: A Selection of Pashto Poetry

Selections from Rahman Baba, The Poet of the Afghans translated into English by Robert Sampson & Momin Khan.

A selection of the most striking verse written by the famous 17th Century Pashtun poet, Rahman Baba. This simple, pocket-size book contains 120 of Rahman Baba’s best known poetic couplets, written in Pashto script with English translation.

Published in 2003; Pashto Script/English; 4″ x 5.25″ [size]; 56 pages; ISBN 969-8343-28-8

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The Nightingale of Peshawar: Pashto Poetry

By Jens Enevoldsen, selections from Rahman Baba

The Nightingale of Peshawar is an unsurpassed English translation of fifty poems from the work “diwan” of the 17th Century Pashtun mystic “Poet of Divine Love”, Abdur Rahman Baba. Each poem is also presented in the original Pashto script, with English poetic translation on facing pages, with cultural and linguistic annotations, and a scholarly introduction by Jens Enevoldsen.

Published in 1993; Pashto/English; Hardback; 7″ x 9.75″ [size]; 204 pages; ISBN 969-8343-00-8

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Rohi Mataluna: Pashto Proverbs

New Edition by Leonard N. Bartlotti and Raj Wali Shah Khattak.

Rohi Mataluna is a selection of 1,350 Pashto proverbs (mataluna) from the mountainous (rohi) Afghan borderlands. English translations and cultural annotations provide insight into the world of the Pashtuns from the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier. This second edition has been completely revised and expanded, and includes extensive notes on Pashtun culture; the social usage of proverbs; Islam and the “code of honor”; background stories; parallel texts; the poetics, form and structure of Pashto proverbs; and a detailed Index of key words.

Published in 2006 by Interlit Foundation and Pashto Academy, University of Peshawar; Hardback; 385 pages; ISBN 969-8343-35-0

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Speaking Afghan Pashto

By Randall Olson.

This language learning resource is designed to help learners acquire conversational ability in Afghan Pashto. Speaking Afghan Pashto is a language learning resource designed to help learners acquire conversational ability in Afghan Pashto. Each Lesson includes dialogues, pronunciation drills and grammatical explanations, augmented by exercises, comprehension drills, vocabulary lists, and proverbs, all in easy-to-use phonetic script with English explanations. This course is designed to provide the basis for an intensive language learning program for students, relief and development workers and agencies assisting in the reconstruction of Afghanistan or working in neighboring Pakistan.

The book will be of special interest to development agencies and NGOs, and their international sponsors, as well as to universities offering, or desirous of offering, a Pashto Language Course as a part of their Near and Middle Eastern Studies or Iranian Languages Programs.

The third edition (2007) has been prepared with the addition of an English Vocabulary Index, and a General Index to assist students.

Spiral Bound, 465 pages; English/Pashto Phonetics; 3rd Edition, published 2007; ISBN: 978-969-8343-37-8

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Speaking Afghan Pashto Audio CD

60 audio hours on mp3 formatted disk. These audio lessons are intended to supplement the course book, Speaking Afghan Pashto. The dialogues, vocabulary lists, pronuciation drills, and other materials are read from the 3rd edition of the book but may also be easily used with the 2nd edition.

If you already have the textbook and wish to obtain this CD separately, please e-mail: [email protected] for the necessary ordering “code”.

This language learning resource is designed to help learners acquire conversational ability in Afghan Pashto. Speaking Afghan Pashto is a language learning resource designed to help learners acquire conversational ability in Afghan Pashto. Each Lesson includes dialogues, pronunciation drills and grammatical explanations, augmented by exercises, comprehension drills, vocabulary lists, and proverbs, all in easy-to-use phonetic script with English explanations. This course is designed to provide the basis for an intensive language learning program for students, relief and development workers and agencies assisting in the reconstruction of Afghanistan or working in neighboring Pakistan.

The book will be of special interest to development agencies and NGOs, and their international sponsors, as well as to universities offering, or desirous of offering, a Pashto Language Course as a part of their Near and Middle Eastern Studies or Iranian Languages Programs.

The third edition (2007) has been prepared with the addition of an English Vocabulary Index, and a General Index to assist students.

Spiral Bound, 465 pages; English/Pashto Phonetics; 3rd Edition, published 2007; Audio CD in mp3 format, 60 hours, copywrite 2009; ISBN: 969-8343-37-8

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Progressing in Pashto

Compiled by David Burns

This is primarily a book for those wanting to learn Eastern Afghan Pashto. It is ideally used as a supplement to Randall Olson’s Speaking Afghan Pashto and as material to stimulate ongoing Pashto language study. Principles in this book will be useful when learning other regional languages of Pakistan or Afghanistan.

Cover photo and text sample coming soon

Chapter 1 – Personal Language Learning Assessment

Chapter 2 – Language Learning Methods – Beginning Seminar
Knowing Why We Do Things The Way We Do Them
How Have People Actually Learned Languages?
Starting to Learn – Where Do We Go From Here? Chapter 3 – The Silent Period – Introductory Syllabus for the First 6 Weeks
The Comprehensive Radio”
Variety, Total Physical Response, Picture Book
Text, Vocabulary, Survival Conversations Chapter 4 – Lessons Supplements for Chapters 3-26 of Speaking Afghan Pashto Chapter 5 – Language Learning Methods – Continuing Seminar
Keeping on Learning is the Key to Keeping On
Comprehending, Speaking, Reading, Writing Chapter 6 – Language Learning Exercises
27 Exercises varying from verb endings, comparisons, expressing hopes, asking permission, expressions of regret, and more Chapter 7 – Appendices
Bibliography
Teacher Interview & Sample Pashto Teaching Contract
Listing of Conversation Topics
Ideas for Cultural Texts
Managing Language Data Chapter 8 – Picture Book
Over 75 photographs to stimulate language conversation

Spiral Bound; First Edition, Copyright 2007; Published by: Interlit Foundation; 118 pages plus an 18 page picture book section; ISBN: 978-969-8343-38-5

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