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Submitted by gato branco (Lithuania), Jan 2, 2018 at 11:57

Dear dhimmi no more

Zoroastrian Middle Persian(erroneously called Pahlavi) has been discarded by Muslim Persians as much as islamized Egyptians have discarded Coptic.. However in the Central Asia the number of Arabic native speakers was much less than in Egypt (even many of Muslim solders were Persians) so that not Arabic but a sort of Persian became the vehicle for islamizing Central Asian population (who spoke Sogdian, Bactrian and a number of other languages). Later the emerging New Persian got strong support from the kings of the Samanid dynasty and produced poets like Rudaki or Firdowsi.

But it was not a revival or continuation of Middle Persian but rather the development of a new albeit related language. An important fact is as well that Abu Hanifa considered the use of Persian as fit to be used in Muslim liturgy. And the most of Central Asian Muslims were of Hanafite rite

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