Afghanistan (1992-1999, 2002-2006)

 

Following the establishment of the Islamic Republic, a new anthem for Afghanistan, a Mujahedin battle song, composed back in 1919, was granted along with other new national symbols. During the rule of the Taliban over Afghanistan, from 1999-2002, Afghanistan was in the unique position of not having a national anthem, as the Taliban, a strict Islamic religious party, banned music throughout the country. Upon the restoral of the government, the old former anthem was reinstated, but a new anthem was soon requested to once again reflect the new Afghanistan.

Special thanks to: Michael Bristow and Josh Lim for some of this information, and Reinhard Popp for additional information and the lyrics.