Zarbul Masalha

Zarbul Masalha : 151 Afghan Dari Proverbs

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The award-winning and world's most popular bilingual book of Afghan Proverbs in English and Dari. Beautifully illustrated by Afghan high school students in Kabul. Collected and translated in Afghanistan by U.S. Navy Captain and Dari speaker Edward Zellem. Includes transliterations for easy reading and pronunciation. Available at leading booksellers in over 40 countries. In paperback, Kindle, NOOK, and Google e-book. More at
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Product details

  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 10mm | 268g
  • North Charleston SC, United States
  • English
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • 1475093926
  • 9781475093926
  • 759,379

About Mohammad Hussain Mohammadi

Captain Edward Zellem is the award-winning author of two bilingual books of Afghan Proverbs, now published in over a dozen languages. He is a U.S. Navy officer and trained Dari speaker who spent every day for a year and a half on native Afghan teams in Afghanistan. This included a year on President Hamid Karzai's staff inside the Presidential Palace. While in Afghanistan, Captain Zellem became fascinated with the way Afghans use Proverbs in their daily conversations. He began collecting and translating them, and used them every day with Afghans in his professional and personal life. After students at a local Kabul high school offered to create illustrations, he decided to publish his collection and share it with the world. Over 40,000 copies are being used today in more than 200 Afghan schools helping children learn to read English and Dari. The books also are being used in Sweden and Greece to integrate Afghan refugees and help teach them new languages. The Afghan Proverbs Collection has received praise from luminaries such as General (ret) David H. Petraeus, Kabul University's Nancy Dupree, Afghan National Security Adviser Rangin Dadfar Spanta, the Princess Salimah Aga Khan, and many other well-known personalities. The Afghan Proverbs books are available in over 40 countries through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and over 100 other major book retailers. Edward Zellem also publishes a popular series of online interviews with Afghan celebrities and thought leaders. More at
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