Kabul - vijtAzva - svayambhU

Samar Abbas abbas at BETA.IOPB.STPBH.SOFT.NET
Wed Oct 21 16:46:22 UTC 1998

Perhaps Kabul is related to `Zabulstan', another name for the Kabul
region. If so, then since the -stan exists, it would be Iranian.
I once heard that Zabulstan was derived from Arabic, ie. Zab-ul stan
(zab of something), but I don't know what Zab would be in Arabic.
Hope this helps.

On Wed, 21 Oct 1998, Erik Seldeslachts wrote:

> I have two questions:
> 1) What is the etymology of the name of Kabul (Afghanistan) ? Is it
> Iranian, or might it be Indo-Aryan ?
> 2) Does anybody know of a son or successor to
>  a) vijitAzva, son of king pRthu vainya (Padma P. e.a.);
>  b) the teacher svayambhU (MahAbhArata).
> Erik Seldeslachts
> University of Ghent
> Ghent, Belgium

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