Cool New Project Alert: Last week Thesigers and Co. (the research and advisory firm connected with Current Intelligence, where I am a staff editor) announced the launch of a great project in need of funding. The Taliban Sources Project is “a major initiative to preserve an unprecedented collection of original Taliban print and audio materials.” These are materials gathered by researchers Alex Strick Van Linschoten, Felix Kuehn and Anand Gopal during the years they have spent working in Afghanistan.
According to the press release, the body of work that would need archiving and translation work to be made publicly available to be included in the discussion of the Taliban and their history includes:
…. more than 1.5 million words worth of Pashto-language text. Their initial inventory includes poetry, maps, night letters, press releases, transcripts of radio broadcasts, memoirs, and 10 volumes of Taliban laws and edicts. It also contains full runs of dozens of official Taliban newspapers and magazines published between 1996-2001, when the Taliban were the ruling power in Afghanistan.
Very excited to see this project come to fruition. If anybody out there is interesting in funding the work that will go into this, get in touch with any of the three researchers. I’ve linked to their websites above.
Image: 11 Dec. 2011. Taliban militants take part in a training session in Pakistan’s South Waziristan. Ishtiaq Mahsud/AP.
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