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Arts: Poets and Poetry: Afghanistan
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Contemporary Afghan women's poetry is divided into two languages and two styles: Dari and Pashto and the ghazal (lyrical poem) and landays (the short ones, a series of couplets). Despite this linguistic and stylistic divide, the thematic content of the poetry remains the same as women articulate through a chain of laments in their native tongues a narrative of the last 40 years of war and gender oppression in Afghanistan.

A large volume of the contemporary poetry written by Afghan women in Dari is composed outside the borders of Afghanistan in neighboring Iran. Da…

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Jerome, Alexandra Scheherezada, “Arts: Poets and Poetry: Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 15 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0293a>
First published online: 2009



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