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Wakhi Express magazine’s second edition launched PM00000030000000231 7, 2008

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Pamir Times:

The Shadow Girls’ Academy (SGA) has launched the second edition of “Wakhi Express”, a bi-lingual magazine edited by Karim Khan Saka.

The second edition of SGA’s Wakhi Express has been dedicated to the “unique culture of Wakhi (Tajik) people living in China”.

A profile of Mastar Sultan Ali (aka Ustad Samarqand) is part of the second edition, throwing light on the educational, social and religious services of a legendary teacher and activist. Profiles of mountaineer Rajab Shah and Master Daulat Amin, two important personalities of Gojal valley, are also included in the magazine. More profiles of similar icons will be included in the magazine’s future editions.

Most interestingly, more than half of the magazine’s content is in Wakhi language, written in Roman script.

A travelogue written by the chief editor, with eye-catching photographs and interesting details of some time spent in China, is probably the most absorbing piece in the magazine.

Wakhi songs penned by Karim Khan (editor), Nazir Ahmed Bulblul and Saifuddin Saif are also included in the magazine.

Overall, the magazine is a good initiative for promotion and preservation of Wakhi language and culture.

The readers will, however, face considerable difficulty in reading the Wakhi script, largely due to non-familiarity with many of the symbols used.

Team of the Wakhi Express, while deserving appreciating for taking the step, may consider to make the magazine completely bilingual by providing Wakhi and English translations of all the content.—

For details about availability of the magazine you may like to reach wakhi.express@gmail.com


The Wakhi Community Settlements in Northern Pakistan PM00000020000005031 7, 2008

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Dr. Nadeem Shafiq

Pakistan is an area with unique ethnic diversity, specifically on the
basis of language. This present study focuses on the Wakhi identity.
Wakhi still exists as a non-written language. The present Wakhi settlers
have come to Chitral at various times. Under British rule the Wakhi
immigrants settled in different parts of Chitral and now their majority lies
in Gojal tehsil of Hunza of Gilgit – Baltistan. This community enjoys
unique cultural heritage and enjoy distinct features, which are seen all
over the world with keen interest.
The Northern Pakistan is an area of geographical and ethnic diversity and is
placed among the most multilingual places of the world.
The important languages spoken in the region include Shina, Balti, Burushashki, Khawar and
Photo Ali Rehmat Musofer

Wakhi is basically the language of inhabitants of Wakhan Corridor, an
area presently divided between the extreme northeast of Afghanistan and
Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province of Tajikistan. It belongs to the
southern group of the Pamiri languages which are spoken in the mountainous
regions of Afghanistan and Tajikistan
Complete at source: http://pu.edu.pk/images/journal/pols/Currentissue-pdf/THE%20WAKHI%20COMMUNITY%20PAKISTAN.pdf

The First Wakhi Dictionary with pronunciation AM000000110000005331 7, 2008

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Wakhi Dictionary with pronunciation

the first ever great and unique Wakhi online dictionary with prounciation, a gift for Wakhi community and Wakhi learners from all over the World. this great work are don by two Professors from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan.

Click on Index for Wakhi Vocabularies, Wakhi – English

INDEX  >  Speaker (sound).>Ɣ̌ef- fireplace

URL: http://www.coelang.tufs.ac.jp/multilingual_corpus/wakhi/

Wakhi Language (Xikwor Zik) Volume-1 (1985) PM000000120000005131 7, 2008

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Mr. Haqiqat Ali (Late) was one of the pioneers to study and voicing for Wakhi culture and language. His contribution to Wakhi language was though of primary nature but had long-lasting impact on the minds and hearts of thinking Wakhis. His three books on Wakhi language Wakhi Language: Volume 1 1985 , and Tourism & Trekking (Trekkers guide to Hunza – 1984, Trekkers guide to Chitral – 1999)  were a land mark, as he did not received any formal education from a college or University, but yet he was able to author two books out of his tireless efforts and life experience.
He was a man of word, humane and intellectual. His wisdom led a revolution in the field of studies in Wakhi language and culture. We solute him and pray to Almighty Allah that May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen (Words: Ahmed Jami Sakhi)


Wakhi Language: Volume 1 (Xikwor Zik Book-1) by Mr. Haqiqat Ali (Late) 1985

Pdf file: WAKHI LANGUAGE by Haqiqat Ali 1985

Booklet scanned and shared with Wakhi community and worldwide:

August 30, 2011

THE PAMIRI HOUSE PM00000020000002331 7, 2008

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One of the most important repositories of the culture of the Pamirs is the traditional Pamiri house, locally known as ‘Chid’. It embodies elements of ancient Aryan philosophy – including Zoroastrianism – many of which have since been assimilated into Pamiri Ismaili tradition. What to the untrained eye looks like a very basic – even primitive – structure, is, for the people who live in it, rich in religious and philosophical meaning. The symbolism of specific structural features of the Pamiri house goes back over two and a half thousand years.

The house itself is the symbol of the universe and also the place of private prayer and worship for Pamiri Ismailis – the Ismailis have as yet no mosques in Gorno-Badakhshan. The layout of the house is as described below, although some houses have a mirror-image of what is described.

The Pamiri house is normally built of stones and plaster, with a flat roof on which hay, apricots, mulberries or dung for fuel can be dried.

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Time Magazine: The Wakhan Corridor AM000000100000002231 7, 2008

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Best Place to Escape the Office – Afghanistan – Time.com

Local guides, trained by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), offer expert introductions to the region’s nomadic cultures.

The AKF has also established a string of simple guesthouses and spacious yurts for trekkers along the length of the journey, meaning that you can enjoy many of the comforts of home, without the proximity of work.


There was a time when coming to a country like war-torn Afghanistan would constitute “getting away from it all.” But these days, your BlackBerry will work in Kabul, so a real escape requires extreme measures. That would be a trip to the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan’s remote northeast — a refuge so remote that not even the Taliban bothered to visit it in their countrywide rampage. In fact, this narrow finger of land that reaches past Pakistan and Tajikistan to poke China is the safest place in Afghanistan, populated only by Kyrgyz and Wakhi nomads.

Getting to the valley trailhead involves a propeller-plane flight from Kabul and 21/2 days’ drive along a rutted track. There’s another day of pony-trekking over a mountain pass before you reach the start of a broad valley whose end lies far beyond the horizon. Few places are harder to get to, but no place is more worth it. Marco Polo spent nearly a year here, recovering from the strains of his epic travels, and the serrated, snowcapped peaks fringing the valley are home to the great sheep that bear his name — their spiral horns littering the passes and adorning nomad tents. (The grass was so rich, wrote Polo, that it took only 10 days to fatten an entire flock of sheep for the winter.) In 1891, at the peak of the Great Game, British explorer and spy Francis Younghusband dallied here as well, picnicking on caviar and champagne with a Russian general among the ancient beehive-shaped ruins of Bozai Gombaz, an old Kyrgyz settlement about three days’ walk from the start.

Along the length of the valley, which takes four days to traverse, runs the source of the Amu Darya River, once known as the Oxus. This makes the Wakhan broad and flat and a pleasure to walk, but ponies offer a change of pace. Local guides, trained by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), offer expert introductions to the region’s nomadic cultures. Food is simple — rice, lamb, yogurt — but you can easily augment it with a yak-load of your own goodies to last the two-week round trip. The AKF has also established a string of simple guesthouses and spacious yurts for trekkers along the length of the journey, meaning that you can enjoy many of the comforts of home, without the proximity of work. The office can still call you on a satellite phone, of course. But only until the batteries run out.