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Abdul Hai Habibi

Writer and historian from Afghanistan

1910   -   1984

country of citizenship: Afghanistan
language of expression: Pashto
occupation: journalist, poet, writer, politician
position held: Member of the House of the People

Abdul Hai Habibi (Pashto: عبدالحى حبيبي‎, Persian: عبدالحی حبیبی‎) – ʿAbd' ul-Ḥay Ḥabībi) (1910 – 9 May 1984) was a prominent Afghan historian for much of his lifetime as well as a member of the National Assembly of Afghanistan (Afghan Parliament) during the reign of King Zahir Shah. A Pashtun nationalist from Kakar tribe of Kandahar, Afghanistan, he began as a young teacher who made his way up to become a writer, scholar, politician and Dean of Faculty of Literature at Kabul University. He is the author of over 100 books but is best known for editing Pata Khazana, an "old" Pashto language manuscript that he claimed to have "discovered" in 1944; the academic community, however, does not acknowledge the manuscript as genuine.
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