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Afghan Poet Raziq Faani’s Life and Works Celebrated


Mr. Raziq Faani is one of Afghanistan’s most celebrated contemporary poets, with a world wide audience of admirers. Afghans from across North America gathered at an evening reception at University of Maryland on December 2, 2006 to celebrate the life and works of this renowned poet and writer. Attendees read from the works of Mr. Faani and discussed the mystical and social meaning of his poetry. Mr. Faani’s works are characterized as mystical, compassionate, and patriotic. His poems convey the suffering of the Afghan people and illuminate the toll of decades of war, destruction, and homelessness.  The reception was attended by numerous other distinguished Afghan poets, writers, and intellectuals including Mr. Wasif Bakhtari, Mr. Abdullah Samandar Ghuryani, Dr. Ravan Farhadi, and Dr. Latif Nazimi. The event was organized by Afghan Communicator.

On behalf of Ambassador Jawad, First Secretary M. Ashraf Haidari attended the reception and congratulated Mr. Faani and members of his family on the poet’s great literary achievements and contributions to the Dari language and literature. Mr. Faani presented Secretary Haidari with one of his recent poetry CDs in appreciation for the Embassy’s support in promoting Afghan culture.       

Mr. Faani received his primary and secondary education in Afghanistan, and earned a Master’s degree in political economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1977. He returned home and began work on his first book, “Armaghan-e Jawani.” He left Afghanistan in 1988, and lives along with his family in San Diego, California. His books include Baaraana, Payaamber-e-Baaran, Amer-e-Ba Salaheyat, Aber-wa-Aftaab, and Shekast-e-Shab, among others.

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