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. 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 oif the Pakistani Himalayas. The author is a prolific writer of research papers and articles written for English dailies and weeklies of Pakistan.[1] He is the founder of Idara Baraye Taleem-o-Taraqi, an organisation promoting the rights of marginalised language communities of northern Pakistan, and he is also prominently involved with the with various organizations in Pakistan and is an advocate for the rights of the people living on the margins.[2] 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.[3] 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”. [4] He was awarded the 2012 Hellman-Hammett Grant by Human Rights Watch."[5] A graduate of Jahanzeb College in Swat, Pakistan, he has completed master's studies at University of Peshawar.

Zubair Torwali
OccupationSocial activist



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

Academic journalsEdit

  • 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


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