Mahmud Tarzi

Afghan politician, secular activist and journalist (1865–1933)

Mahmud Beg Tarzi (August 23, 1865November 22, 1933) was one of Afghanistan's greatest intellectuals. He is known as the father of Afghan journalism and poetry. A great modern thinker, he became a key figure in the history of Afghanistan, leading the charge for modernization and being a strong opponent of religious obscurism. As a member of the royal house, diplomat, and Minister of Foreign Affairs during a war and independence, his footprint on the history of Afghanistan is large.

Mahmud Tarzi of Afghanistan (1927)

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  • The oppressed martyrs of our culture have shed blood that nourish the red tulips of our nation.
    • An Afghan Intellect By Yama Atta & Hashmat Haidari [Link]
  • The ways of the British are inscrutable but they always seem to obtain their own ends without compromising their dignity or their honor.
    • Foreign Minister Mahmud Tarzi, October 28, 1919
  • Once Europe existed in a Dark Age and Islam carried the torch of learning. Now we Muslims live in a Dark age.
    • Mahmud Tarzi, reflecting on King Amanullah's exile. [Link]

A Book of Travel to Three Continents (Translated from Dahri) (1914) edit

  • Although age has its normal limits, it may be extended by two things-the study of history and by travel. Reading history broadens one's perception of the creation of the world, while travel extends one's field of vision.
    • Preface

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