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Kushev V. The Formation and Study of the Afghan Manuscript Collection in the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies // Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 4, No 1, March 1998. P. 40-48.


Far from all collections of Oriental manuscripts contain manuscripts in the Afghan (Pashto) language, and only a few of them have manuscript collections in which the best works of Pashto classical literature are represented with sufficient completeness.

The collection of Pashto-language manuscripts at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies runs to twenty-six volumes which contain twenty-nine copies of twenty-two works and twenty-two individual poems by eight poets, including some not represented in diwans. It is one of the largest collections in the world, which can be confirmed through a comparison with the best collections in European and Asian libraries (although it is, of course, like other Afghan collections, quantitatively not comparable to Persian collections, for example)…

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