Rahman Baba [Sufi Rehman Baba] (1650 – 1715 / Peshawar / Pakistan (Mughal Empire))
Abdul Rahman Baba (Pashto: عبدالرحمان بابا; popularly Rahman Baba, Pashto: رحمان بابا), was a Pashtun poet from Peshawar in the Mughal Empire (modern-day Pakistan). He remains the most popular poet among the Pashtuns in Afghanistan and Pakistan. His poetry expresses a peaceful mystical side of local culture which is becoming increasingly threatened by less tolerant interpretations of Islam.
Rahman was a member of the Khalil Mohmand (Bahader Kalay) sub-tribe of the Pashtuns, a group which originally migrated from Kandahar to the Peshawar valley, from the 13th to the 16th century. He grew up in a small pocket of Mohmand settlers on the outskirts ... more »
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