Taliban asks university professors to translate academic works into Persian, Pashto only

Kabul Education University. File photo.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban’s Ministry of Higher Education has mandated that, moving forward, university professors must translate all their academic works exclusively into Persian and Pashto.

This directive was detailed in a letter sent on April 20 to various universities across Afghanistan, including those in Kabul, Jowzjan, Balkh, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Faryab, and Takhar.

The letter, a copy of which was obtained by Amu, was issued following the translation of academic works from Turkish into Uzbek at Jowzjan University by the Department of Composition and Translation of the Ministry of Higher Education.

It specifically instructs professors in the departments of Uzbek and Turkish literature who select foreign works for their academic credentials to translate these works solely into Persian or Pashto.

Sources indicate that previously translated works by professors at these universities included in the Uzbek department’s curriculum were done so in Uzbek.