Tarikh Tolana

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The Afghan Historical Society.

Tarikh Tolana (Long History) is the Afghan name for the Historical Society of Afghanistan. Tarikh Tolana was founded in 1941 by Zahir Shah to promote the historical study of Afghanistan. Tarikh Tolana produced many publications, including the journals Aryana and Afghanistan. Aryana appeared in Pushto and Dari from 1942 to 1985, and Afghanistan, also in Dari and Pushto, from 1945 to 1975. The society later became part of the Afghan Academy of Science. The society fell into disarray as Afghanistan disintegrated in civil war in the 1980s and although it has never officially been disbanded, it no longer functions.


Adamec, Ludwig. Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan, 2d edition. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1997.

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