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Prominent historian ‘Kohzad’ paid homage at Presidential Palace

Prominent historian ‘Kohzad’ paid homage at Presidential Palace

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Nov 19, 2017 - 19:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday called Ahmad Ali Kohzad as one of key figures and representative of the Afghan history, emphasizing that all his books should either be printed or digitized.

President Ghani was addressing an international academic-research seminar held at the Presidential Palace to commemorate Ahmad Ali Kohzad, a renowned Afghan historian and archeologist. Ghani said that Kohzad made memorable contribution in promotion of knowledge and culture.

He labeled Kohzad as one of the key figures throughout the history of Afghanistaninfo-icon, adding that he wasn’t just chronicler but a representative of history himself. “He didn’t write only in academic words but his interlocutors are Afghan nation and even students of schools.”

“Archeology witnessed a change after Kohzad era and research and analysis are needed in this particular area so that our history’s connection to present and future is clearer. And the fundamental point is that how we can ensure to be on the track for preserving national culture,” President Ghani said.

In his address the president also said that Kohzad didn’t differentiate among the different parts of Afghanistan and gave a message for the new generations of Afghanistan to make efforts in conserving the Afghan soil, which is the manifestation of cultural creativity.

“This great man of history also honored womeninfo-icon’s roles in history and as women had always been shimmering in Afghan history, Kohzad had recorded all of such women works and books.”

“All of Kohzad’s works should be either printed or digitized and also all of the articles written by Ustad Kohzad and other figures in Salnamai Kabul (Kabul’s yearbook) should be republished or digitized.”

Some of Kohzad’s contemporary authors in their writings termed him a great personality and said that Kohzad by publishing his various writings in various arenas had greatly served Afghanistan, the upcoming generations and the country’s future.

Ahmad Ali Kohzad, son of Mirza Mohammad was born in 1908 in an intellectual family in Chandaol area of Kabul city.

Kohzad initiated his primary educationinfo-icon from Sayed Abdul Hamid School in Kabul and graduated from Estiqlal High School in 1929.

In 1931, he started working at the publication section of the King’s court and was later posted as a secretary to the Afghan Embassy in Italy. He afterwards achieved acting leadership of the Kabul Museum and thereafter also assumed the responsibility of the Afghanistan History Association.

Kohzad died in 1983 and was laid to rest in the vicinity of Shah-i-Do Shamshira Shrine in Kabul city.

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