Zubair Torwali

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Zubair Torwali
OccupationSocial activist

Zubair Torwali is a community activist, linguist and educator based in Bahrain, Pakistan who has sought to preserve and promote Pakistan's Dardic cultures and languages. He has authored and supervised a number of books in and about Torwali.[1] His book in English, Muffled Voices, provides insight into Pakistan's social, cultural, and political issues. Zubair Torwali is the Editor of "We Mountains" magazine which covers the culture of the Pakistani Himalayas. The author is a prolific writer of research papers and articles written for English dailies and weeklies of Pakistan.[2] He is the founder of Idara Baraye Taleem-o-Taraqi,[3] an organisation promoting the rights of marginalised language communities of northern Pakistan. He is author, researcher and public speaker.[4][5] [6] He is a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a Fellow of Japan's 2013 Asian Leadership Fellow Program and was shortlisted for the International Bremen Peace Award 2015.[5] Mr. Torwali is also a Public Peace Prize laureate "…for his extraordinary commitment to giving a voice to the unheard by helping increase literacy in the indigenous people of Northern Pakistan". [7] He was awarded the 2012 Hellman-Hammett Grant by Human Rights Watch."[8] In 2021 I.B.T. whose Director is Zubair Torwali was chosen for the Linguapax International Award. A graduate of Jahanzeb College in Swat, Pakistan, he has completed master's studies at University of Peshawar.



  • Vestiges of Torwali Culture by Zubair Torwali
  • Muffled Voices, Longing for a Pluralist and Peaceful Pakistan by Zubair Torwali
  • Paradise Visage by authors including Zubair Torwali

Academic journals[edit]

  • Criterion Quarterly: Malakand Division: Conflicts, Floods and Response by Zubair Torwali
  • Criterion Quarterly: The Ignored Dardic Culture of Swat by Zubair Torwali
  • Journal of Languages and Culture: The Ignored Dardic Culture of Swat by Zubair Torwali
  • Brandeis University: International Justice: Language Culture and Justice Hub: Zubair Torwali, Contributing Member][9]
  • American Pakistan Foundation: Linguistic Diversity in Pakistan, interview of Zubair Torwali[10]
  • Aeon Essays: How Dardistan became one of the most multilingual places on Earth by Zubair Torwali[11]


  1. ^ "We Have Words like Everyone: A Roundtable Discussion with Six Poets from Poems from the Edge of Extinction". Modern Poetry in Translation. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  2. ^ "The Languages of Northern Pakistan – Criterion Quarterly". Criterion-quarterly.com. 26 December 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  3. ^ "'توروالی' اپنی مادری زبان کیسے بچا رہے ہیں؟". Independent Urdu (in Urdu). 28 January 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Zubair Torwali | Language, Culture and Justice Hub | Projects | Ethics Center | Brandeis University". Brandeis.edu. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  5. ^ a b Stiftung die schwelle. "Voices of the unheard in Pakistan: Zubair Torwali | die schwelle". Dieschwelle.de. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  6. ^ Aeon:24th June 2022:How Dardistan became one of the most multilingual places on earth.
  7. ^ "ZUBAIR TORWALI | The Public Peace Prize Website". Publicpeaceprize.org. 21 September 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  8. ^ Acumen on January 20, 2017 (20 January 2017). "Meet Our 2017 Regional Fellows". Acumen. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  9. ^ Brandeis
  10. ^ American Pakistan Foundation
  11. ^ Aeon Essays: How Dardistan became one of the most multilingual places on Earth

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