Dari, Zoroastrian


A language of Iran

Alternate Names
“Gabar” (pej.), “Gabri” (pej.), “Yazdi” (pej.)

8,000 (1999).


Yazd and Kerman areas.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).


None known. Related to Parsi-Dari [prd] and Nâyini [nyq].

Language Use

Used by Persian Zoroastrians in personal communications as a private language. Also use Iranian Persian [pes].

Other Comments

Different from Dari dialect of Eastern Farsi [prs] of Afghanistan, though both names refer to Darius, the ancient Persian Emperor (‘dar’ is Classical Persian for court). Many Zoroastrians speak Parsi-Dari and do not know Zoroastrian Dari [gbz]. Zoroastrian.