Zarbul Masalha: 151 Afghan Dari Proverbs (Third Edition)

Zarbul Masalha: 151 Afghan Dari Proverbs (Third Edition)


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Zarbul Masalha: 151 Afghan Dari Proverbs (Third Edition) by Edward Zellem

Learn something new about yourself and others with the award-winning and world's most popular book of Afghan Proverbs. Now in a Third Edition that includes 50 additional "Bonus Proverbs" contributed by Afghans from across the globe. Beautifully illustrated by Afghan high school students in a unique collaboration with an American naval officer.

Foreword by General David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret), one of the top 4-star generals in American military history and a user of Afghan Proverbs himself. Bilingual in Dari and English, including transliterations for easy reading and pronunciation.

Collected and translated in Afghanistan by U.S. Navy Captain and Dari speaker Edward Zellem, winner of 9 international book awards for 3 books of Afghan Proverbs published in 15 languages.

Afghans have used proverbs since ancient times to build bridges and understanding between peoples and cultures. Zarbul Masalha ("Proverbs" in Dari and Farsi) now brings that tradition to the entire world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986238604
Publisher: Cultures Direct Press
Publication date: 05/19/2015
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 853,738
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Edward Zellem is the 9-time award-winning author of 3 bilingual books of Afghan Proverbs, now published in 15 languages. He is a U.S. Navy officer and trained Dari speaker who spent a year and a half embedded on native Afghan teams in Afghanistan. This included a year on President Hamid Karzai's staff inside the Afghan 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 as a personal project to share with the world.

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Zarbul Masalha: 151 Afghan Dari Proverbs 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of reading all 3 books! It really preserves the Afghan Cultures Dari sayings, which has been known for several centuries. Friendly and enjoyable to be read by anyone from different cultures in wanting to learn the Proverbs. I highly recommend this book to everyone, who enjoys sayings and poems. Hats down to US Captain Edward Zellem for all their hardwork and dedication :) -Mary
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bruce Cook for Readers' Favorite A delightful book of proverbs, Zarbul Masalha: 151 Afghan Dari Proverbs by Captain Edward Zellem is written in a language and culture little known to English language readers outside of Afghanistan. (It also includes helpful comments on pronunciation and the Dari language) Unlike the typical news story portrayals of Muslim culture, Zarbul Masalha: 151 Afghan Dari Proverbs honors Islam with the utmost respect. The author has selected 151 proverbs that are in common daily use in all aspects of Afghan society. Thus, while the beauty of these expressions seems rare, they are well known and loved in their country of origin. The book was written and translated by a US Navy Captain, Edward Zellem, with the full cooperation of students from Marefat High School in Kabul. This is a remarkable achievement in US recognition of the importance of culture in an area where fighting goes on. Here, instead of “conquering” a village, the object is to understand the village’s people and culture. The result is extraordinary, for it answers the comment so often voiced in a place of combat – “If the army had just understood!” I commend Captain Zellem for honoring and selecting these glorious proverbs.  As an example – just one of the 151 – consider this one from Page 9. The literal translation: Mother shakes the cradle with one hand, and shakes the world with the other hand. The meaning (quoted separately for each literal translation): Mothers play a very important role in the world, and how they raise their children affects everything. This book represents a deliberate attempt to document the gracefulness of Islamic culture for the benefit of Western readers. I heartily recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EWW GROSS GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!! SERIOUSLY????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU NEED TO STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shaved off Sunstrike's fur and rubbed his body against her body.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book for getting a glimpse of Afghan culture, and it should be a must-read for anyone in the U.S. government or military who is deploying to Afghanistan! It teaches about famous dari proverbs that have been used for centuries in villages where youth are influenced and educated by their elders about lessons in life. The authentic artwork by Afghan children makes this book even more impressive. If you are planning on going to Afghanistan or just want to learn about the Afghan culture, this book is a great asset.