Pashayi people

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Pashayi
Young Pashai man with flowers in his hair.jpg
Pashai boy with flower hat
Total population
Approx. 500,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
Laghman, Kapisa and Nangarhar
Languages
Pashayi language
Pashto also spoken as second language[1]
Religion
Islam
Related ethnic groups
Pashtuns, Kalash, Nuristani and Kashmiris

Pashayi or Pashai are a Dardic ethno-linguistic group living primarily in eastern Afghanistan and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of present-day Pakistan. Their total population is estimated to be 500,000.[1] They are mainly concentrated in the northern parts of Laghman and Nangarhar provinces and eastern Kapisa province. Some believe the Pashai are descendants of ancient Gāndhārī.[2][3] Many Pashai consider themselves Pashtuns speaking a special language,[4] and many are bilingual in Pashto.[1] Small Pashai communities can also be found in the Chitral district of northwestern Pakistan. The majority of Pashai are Sunni Muslims and are often referred to as Kohistani,[4] while a minority are Nizari Ismaili Muslims.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d http://www.sil.org/asia/ldc/parallel_papers/ju-hong_yun.pdf
  2. ^ Pashai. Everyculture.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-12.
  3. ^ M. Longworth Dames, G. Morgenstierne, and R. Ghirshman (1999). "AFGHĀNISTĀN". Encyclopaedia of Islam (CD-ROM Edition v. 1.0 ed.). Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV. 
  4. ^ a b Pashai, Ethnic identity in Afghanistan, on nps.edu
  5. ^ Henry Walter Bellew An Inquiry into the Ethnography of Afghanistan; p. 143

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