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2019-07-08 Afghanistan
Afghan forces conduct 112 Joint, Special Ops and 11 airstrikes in past 24 hours: MoD
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Posted by trailing wife 2019-07-08 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [10803 views ]  Top

#1 not sure about the name Taliban

in arabic an adult student is talib

but I think the plural of that in arabic is altalib

Taliban may be a Pashto word where the root 'talib' is borrowed from arabic and the suffix 'an' is taken from Pashto

but I'm not sure of this
Posted by lord garth 2019-07-08 09:57||   2019-07-08 09:57|| Front Page Top

#2 Actually, al talib would mean 'the student'. The 'an' sound at the end is like a respectful inclusion of a group. Like for all those present (haazir) in a room or gathering, the speaker says, 'haaziran'.

So taliban should mean like 'all students'. Apparently speakers of the darned language do not regard any other students as students. So you're only a student if you're a talibaner. Drat !
Posted by Dron66046 2019-07-08 10:38||   2019-07-08 10:38|| Front Page Top

#3 Perhaps not student so much as follower (tabie, تابع) or disciple (almurid, المريد)
Posted by Skidmark 2019-07-08 11:41||   2019-07-08 11:41|| Front Page Top

#4 *Happy sigh* I would ask Mr, Wife, but he’s forgotten the Arabic he’d learnt while working in the Middle East. He shocked his Indian colleagues by reading the Urdu shop signs (nobody expects Americans to know foreign languages), but that was almost as long ago. ;-)
Posted by trailing wife 2019-07-08 13:44||   2019-07-08 13:44|| Front Page Top

#5 To me, "Taliban" means the same as "Dead Man Walking"!
Posted by Seeking Cure For Ignorance 2019-07-08 20:50||   2019-07-08 20:50|| Front Page Top

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