An apocope of “,” is, along with , one of the principal Persian languages spoken contemporarily in (especially in the capital and the southern and western regions).

This language is also known as “Persian,” “,” or “.”

Over half the population are native speakers of this language, and it is the principal tongue of the Hazara and (Chahar Aimaq) peoples.  It is the common tongue among the various tribes and peoples of Afghanistan, and has consequently become the for the region.

In ancient times this region was known as and was, over the course of time, part of the Aquemenid Persian Empire, the , the , and the .  With the disappearance of the Hellenistic Kingdom, the area converted to Buddhism and to , and later to with the arrival of in 636 AD (year 14 on the Hegira calendar).

The State of Afghanistan was created in 1747.  British influence began to be exerted as of 1837 in the country, and on August 19th, 1919 the country obtained its independence from the United Kingdom.

In 1973 a coup d’etat toppled the monarchy and the Republic was installed.

Five years later communist forces took control, however provoked a Soviet intervention which lasted until 1989.  In 1996 the assumed power and imposed on the country.

Following the attacks of September 11th, Afghanistan has been a State only in name as the country has become a de facto protectorate of the , NATO and the .

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