as a high title of nobility and honor. This title is also used widely in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and several other countries of Asia. South Asia: Utsav South Asian Performing Arts Festival During the second weekend of October, the Ustav festival showcases the ancient traditions of music and dance of the South Asian subcontinent. South Asia includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Artists perform art
CountingYears.htm My Jewish Learning:Counting the Years Rosetta Calendar * In the Islamic world, traditional Islamic dating (Islamic calendar) according to the ''Anno Hegiræ'' (in the year of the ''hijra (Hijra (Islam))'') or ''AH'' era remains in use to a varying extent, especially for religious purposes. The official Iranian calendar (used in Afghanistan as well as Iran) also dates from the ''hijra
and knowledge. Successful CT operations in Côte d'Ivoire (2004) and the Middle-East (2006) proved once again that the KCT is an extremely able, highly independent and versatile unit. An Iron Age ''Capra ibex'' specimen was recovered at the Aq Kupruk Archaeological site in present day Afghanistan, illustrating either domestication or hunting of the ibex by these early peoples. !--Not so very early in this context: goats were domesticated long before the Iron
?option com_content&view article&id 559:2011-03-22-05-56-04&catid 1:cultural-news RTA Website and high-ranking officials (including Vice President, Ministers, and Provincial Governors) participate in its celebration. The first two days of the Persian New Year (Iranian_calendars#Modern_calendar_.28Solar_Hejri.29) are official holidays in Afghanistan. It is traditionally celebrated for 2 weeks among the people. Preparations for Nowroz start several days beforehand
to Bethlehem for Christ’s birth indicate that the city has been one of the largest religious and scientific centers of the ancient times. Urmia (Urumiyeh), the Cradle of Civilization - CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS© The fossil record indicates that black bears once ranged as far west as Germany and France, though the species now occurs very patchily throughout its former range, which is now limited to the Asian continent. Black bears occupy a narrow band
(Australia) Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) owes its heritage to the RAR. Originally formed as 1 SAS Company in 1957, it served as an independent company of the RAR and was tasked with providing the army's special operations capability. The SASR became a regiment in its own right 20 August 1964. Meanwhile, in 1997, 2 4 RAR de-linked, and 4 RAR returned to the order of battle in its own right. Re-raised as a commando battalion, 4 RAR served in East Timor as a conventional light-role battalion in 2001, before focusing on the development of its special operations capability. 'The battalion was designed to be a self-contained flexible force able to be deployed at short notice to undertake offensive operations in support of Australia's national interests'. Blaxland, 'Near and Far', in Horner and Bou, ''Duty First'', p. 329. Once full operational capability was reached, elements of 4 RAR would serve in Timor Leste, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as providing a domestic counter terrorism capability. In 2009, 4 RAR was renamed 2nd Commando Regiment (2nd Commando Regiment (Australia)), and as such, is no longer part of the RAR. Rather than being disbanded, 4 RAR was placed in 'suspended animation' and remains on the army's order of battle. Commons:Category:Afghanistan WikiPedia:Afghanistan Dmoz:Regional Asia Afghanistan
The Museum has a world-renowned collection of art from South Asia and Southeast Asia, with examples of this region’s sculptural and painting traditions. On display are holdings from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, Cambodia and Thailand, as well as selected works from Afghanistan, Burma ''(Myanmar)'', Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Japan. The collection is particularly rich in art from the Indian subcontinent, including
monumental stone sculpture from the Kushana and Gupta periods, and a remarkable group of Chola bronzes from southern India. Selections of the Museum’s Rajput paintings from India, and thangkas, or Buddhist religious paintings, from Tibet and Nepal are well represented. The impressive collection of Japanese woodblock prints has a majority which were formerly in the collection of Frank Lloyd Wright. From the Caspian in the northwest to Baluchistan
books?id oGXMMD5rXBQC&pg PA243&dq importance+of+Achaemenid+in+Iranian+culture&hl en&ei Pd0cTbbbK4H_8Abg0rSpDg&sa X&oi book_result&ct result&resnum 1&ved 0CCYQ6AEwAA#v onepage&q&f false The unique aspect of Persian culture is its geo-political context and its intricate relationship with the ever changing Persian political arena once as dominant as the Achaemenids streching from India in east to Libya in west, and now limited to Iran streching from Afghanistan, and Pakistan in the east to Iraq and Turkey in the west. It is this ever changing reach within the Iranian plateau that brought Persians face to face with Babylonians, Greeks (Greek people), Egyptians, Scythians, Arabs, Turks, Mughals, Hindus, North Africans (Ancient Libya), and even the Chinese (Chinese people), allowing them to influence these populations with their cultural norms all the while being influenced by them in what can best be described as a "reciprocal cultural receptivity". Ancient examples can be seen throughout Persia and its territories, while in modern times monuments such as the Tomb of Omar Khayyam in Nishapur are displays of the varied traditions in Persia that have progressed through time. Various cities in Iran are historical displays of a distinctive Persian style that can be seen in the Kharaghan twin towers of Qazvin province, the Shah Mosque found in Isfahan, tomb of Baba Taher in Hamedan and countless other works. Persian architecture streams the vast area of the Persian empires and is also seen throughout Central Asia as with the Bibi Khanum Mosque (Bibi Khanym Mosque) in Samarkand as well as Samanids mausoleum in Bukhara and the Minaret of Jam in western Afghanistan. Islamic architecture was founded on the bases established by the Persians. Persian techniques can also be clearly seen in the structures of the Taj Mahal at Agra and the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) in Istanbul. Commons:Category:Afghanistan WikiPedia:Afghanistan Dmoz:Regional Asia Afghanistan
Riggle joined the Marines in 1990 after getting his pilot's license, intending to become a Naval Aviator (United States Naval Aviator), but left flight school in order to pursue his comedy career. He
) and Bahlikas (Bactrians) Sanskrit original, Mudrarakshasa 2 . The Punjab prospered under Mauryan rule for the next century. It became a Bactrian Greek (Indo-Greek) territory in 180 BCE following the collapse of Mauryan authority. Commons:Category:Afghanistan WikiPedia:Afghanistan Dmoz:Regional Asia Afghanistan
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'''Afghanistan''' , making it the 41st (List of countries and dependencies by area) largest country in the world.
Human habitation in Afghanistan dates back to the Middle Paleolithic Era (Middle Paleolithic),
The political history of the modern state of Afghanistan began with the Hotak and Durrani (Durrani Empire) dynasties in the 18th century. In the late 19th century, Afghanistan became a buffer state in the "Great Game (The Great Game)" between British India (British Raj) and the Russian Empire. Following the 1919 Anglo-Afghan War (Third Anglo-Afghan War), King Amanullah (Amanullah Khan) and King Mohammed Zahir Shah (Mohammed Zahir Shah) attempted modernization of the country. A series of coups in the 1970s was followed by a Soviet invasion and a series of civil wars (War in Afghanistan (1978–present)) that devastated much of the country.