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CAPTURING THE CULTURAL MEMORY OF AN EMBATTLED NATION

An illustrated page from Diwan (poem collection) of Abdur Rahmān Bābā (1653–1711) a renowned Pashtun Sufi Dervish and poet from Peshawar in the Mughal Empire. Photo credit: National Archives of Afghanistan.

Kent State University | The Chronicle of Higher Education

"Amid the continuing worldwide threat of ideological radicalism, archivists in Afghanistan are partnering with a team of researchers from France, England and the United States to digitally preserve the national archives of the embattled nation.  The project aims to digitize and make available to the world 300 highly valued manuscripts from the collection of some 6,500 documents.  Afghanistan’s records date back to the 13th century, and include a manuscript handwritten by Jami, a Sufi poet from the 15th century."

Image: An illustrated page from Diwan (poem collection) of Abdur Rahmān Bābā (1653–1711) a renowned Pashtun Sufi Dervish and poet from Peshawar in the Mughal Empire. Photo credit: National Archives of Afghanistan via The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Date of Publication: 
2/22/17