Earliest Pashto studies by Western scholars from the 16th century to the 19th century
Keywords:Pashto, Afghans, origin of Pashto and of the Afghans, Afghanistan, British India, Persia
This article aims at dealing with the dawn of Pashto studies, from the first mention of this language, in the 16th century, till the first scientific treatises on Pashto grammar, literature and lexicology by Bernhard Dorn, published between 1840 and 1847. The questions this article tries to answer is: how was the documentation of Pashto collected? By whom? For which purpose? The aim of the following overview of all western authors who dealt with Pashto in the initial epoch is also to show how general knowledge increased more and more quickly with the military involvement in the region.
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