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Central Asia: Afghanistan

The Central Asia Library Guide of the Global Resources Center (GRC) is devoted to the research needs of those actively engaged in Central Asian and Eurasian Studies.

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Afghanistan افغانستان


The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia, inhabited as early as the Middle Paleolithic Era. The official languages are Dari and Pashto, with other languages such as Uzbek and Turkmen also spoken. For country information contact see the offical website of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington D.C., or see the CIA World Factbook.    




Austin Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection          

The University of Texas at Austin Perry-Castañeda LibraryMap Collection features hundreds of country, city, detailed, thematic and historical maps produced by the Army Map Service, the CIA, etc.

Nations Online

Provides adminisrative, political, and other maps of Afghanistan. 

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Language help

Dari دری  and Pashto پشتو

The two official languages of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan are Dari دری  and Pashto پشتو , written in Arabic script. Pashto is an Eastern Iranian language and is also widely spoken in Pakistan. Dari is a Persian language, and is often mutually intelligible with Tajik Persian and Farsi. Several other languages are also spoken in the country.

Several Pashto and Dari textbooks and dictionaries are available at Gelman library and through consortium loan. Limited language help is also available on Google translate.

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