New Persian (Persian: فارسی نو), also known as Modern Persian (فارسی نوین) and Dari (دری), is the final stage of the Persian language spoken since the 8th to 9th centuries until now in Greater Iran and surroundings. It is conventionally divided into three stages: Early New Persian (8th/9th centuries), Classical Persian (10th–18th centuries), and Contemporary Persian (19th century to present).
(110 million total speakers)
Official language in
Areas with significant numbers of people whose first language is Persian (including dialects)
More than 1,000,000 speakers
Between 500,000 – 1,000,000 speakers
Between 100,000 – 500,000 speakers
Between 25,000 – 100,000 speakers
Fewer than 25,000 speakers / none
Dari is a name given to the New Persian language since the 10th century, widely used in Arabic (compare Al-Estakhri, Al-Muqaddasi and Ibn Hawqal) and Persian texts. Since 1964, it has been the official name in Afghanistan for the Persian spoken there.