Afghan Serials Collection

Rare Newspapers and Journals from Afghanistan

The Afghan Serials Collection is anessential collection of partisan serials from the Wahdat Library, the most comprehensive private collection of rare newspapers and journals from Afghanistan. As a national licence, it is freely accessible at German institutes throughout Germany and abroad.

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Collection includes over 45 titles published from the early 1970s to the late 1990s – a critical period for the history of Afghanistan.

Cover: Akhbar-i Haftah, No. 12, March 21, 1990, Kabul, Afghanistan

Cover: Akhbar-i Haftah, No. 12, March 21, 1990, Kabul, Afghanistan

Documenting the breadth of Afghanistan’s political epochs, the Afghan Serials Collection covers the use of the press by many groups that sought to shape Afghanistan’s social and intellectual landscape during this turbulent time. Various ideologies are represented in these publications, published by opposing factions from the Taliban to anti-Taliban groups, to anti-Soviet jihadi and mujaheddin groups to the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Serials Collection showcases unique press materials from a key era that shaped not only Afghanistan and the Middle East, but the entire world. Featuring content not assembled elsewhere, the collection is a chronicle of the rich and dynamic Afghan press and an essential resource for scholars and area experts. The texts where published in Persian, Pushto, Arabic, Urdu, or English.

Access Information

Members of a university can usually use an existing institutional registration. This procedure allows German universities, research institutions and academic libraries easy access without a special login. If your computer is not located in the campus area of your home institution, you should ask for further access options (e.g. local login via VPN).

Researchers without access via a home institution can register for private access if they have their permanent residence in Germany. After registration you will receive your personal access data by post.