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Several meanings for akhund, a Persian word meaning "religious scholar" or "leader," have been proposed by Iranian, Turkish, and Western writers. One states that the prefix a is actually a corrupted form of agha, meaning "lord" or "master." Focusing on the khund, another source states that this is derived from the Persian khdndan, meaning "to read." However, Iranian scholar `Ali Akbar Dihkhuda states that khund is an abbreviation of Khudavandigar, (Almighty God). The Turkish researcher, Ahmed Ze ...more

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