Mīrzā ʻAbd al-Raḥīm Raḥīmī


This book is a brief biography and introduction to the work of Mirza ʻAbd al-Rahim Rahimi, an Afghan poet who was active in the first half of the 20th century. The author, ʻAbd Allah Bakhtani, was a prolific Afghan scholar and translator who wrote primarily in Pushto. He states in the beginning of his work that his goal in writing the book was to highlight the literary achievements of Rahimi, an under-appreciated poet whose verse had never been gathered together in a proper divan or collection. The book offers little-known biographical information about Rahimi, noting that he was born in Surkh Rod in eastern Afghanistan and early in his career worked as a secretary in nearby Jalalabad. The book also includes examples of Rahimi’s poetry and correspondence. Rahimi composed poems in both Pushto and Dari, but the present work contains examples only of his Dari poetry. The first edition of this book was published by the Historical Society of Afghanistan in Kabul in the year 1933 of the solar calendar (1960‒61). A second edition was published in Peshawar, Pakistan in 2001.

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