Afghan Words The Kite Runner (1-142)
Terms in this set (77)
Meaning "Allah (God) is the Greatest"
Derives from the Persian word hazar meaning "thousand". Persian speaking Shia Muslims that are from the central region of Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan.
Iraani round flatbread
Eastern Iranian group residing in eastern and southern Afghanistan, they speak the Pashto language and practice Pastunwali "code of conduct and honor"
Sunni Muslims (pg.9)
Derives from the Arabic word Sunnah, meaning word and action of Islamic prophet Muhammad. Largest denomination of Islam
Afghan tendency to exaggerate
Toophan Agha (pg.12)
Meaning "Mr. Hurricane"
Meaning "Sandwich meat"
Person who has undertaken the pilgrimage to Mecca
A "Battle of the Poems" game
A verse in the Persian Koran
Afgan sport similar to Polo
Highly skilled Buzkashi horseman
City in the Indian State of Kerala
Meaning "Bustling Crowds"
An Arabic phrase indicates respect or appreciation.
An Islamic title of Muslim ruler.
Title of Islamic clergy.
Kaka (pg. 32)
Title of Iranian kings.
or Shahnameh (The Epic of Kings) tells hero tales of ancient Persia.
Native country, home
Filthy, very dirty
Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan
Salaam alaykum (45)-
Agha Sahib (pg.46)-
Agha meaning "Great lord; Nobleman; Commander" and Sahib meaning "Friend, Sir"
Capital and largest city of Afghanistan; Over 3,000 years old
Meaning "Chicken" usually found in stew
Meaning string in Persian; Long neck, waited lute which resembles a guitar.
Meaning "shoe repairman"
Name given to an Indo-Aryan language, spoken in northern and central India
Agha (pg 53)
Jan (pg 56)
Word of endearment; dear (formal). Joon is the informal form of it that literally means "life.
sir, master, lord
A colorful coat worn over clothes in the cold months
A textbook for students in higher classes
Meaning Cut him!
A piece of sheep's tripe sewed up and stuffed with rice and other foods
An Indian snack made of deep-fried items such as, chicken, onions, eggplants and more
Meaning "God Willing"
Meaning "Thank You"
Call to prayer, five times a day
Prayer, especially those enforced by the law
Dhu'l Hij-jah (pg.76)
12th month of the Islamic year
Word meaning "my child" or "my baby"
In the name of God!
Afghan dish consisting of flat bread stuffed with foods such as potatoes or leeks
Maternal aunt (Ameh is a paternal aunt.) Calling an unrelated woman khala indicates that she is very close to the family or to the child.
Kind of Bread
A member of the Parcham faction of the communist People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan
Afghan rice dish with meat, raisins, and carrots
Section of a prayer
The word for Russian
A type of sweet
A magnificent present made to kings or grandees, or sent by friends to friends; a curiosity
The former U.S.S.R.
Russian for "Thank you"
Traditional round shaped oven for bread making
Wah wah (84)
Zendagi migzara (140)
It means "Life goes on"
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