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Dost Mohammad Khan of Afghanistan with his son.jpg
Mahmud Tarzi and his wife Asma Rasmiya.jpg
Mahmud Tarzi, son of Ghulam Muhammad Tarzi, became the pioneer of Afghan journalism, he belonged from the Tarzi family
King Zahir Shah of Afghanistan in 1963.jpg
Mohammed Zahir Shah, was the last King (Badshah) of Afghanistan, reigning for four decades, from 1933 until he was ousted by a coup in 1973, he belonged from the Mohammadzai tribe
Shukria Barakzai in March 2011-cropped.jpg
Shukria Barakzai, is an Afghan politician, journalist and entrepreneur, and a prominent Muslim feminist. She belongs from the Barakzai tribe
Total population
several millions
Regions with significant populations
Afghanistan, Pakistan
Pashto, Dari Persian, Balochi
Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Barakzaiother Pashtun tribes, other Iranian peoples

Bārakzai (Pashto: بارکزی‎, bārakzay, plur. bārakzī) is the name of a Pashtun tribe from present-day Afghanistan, Balochistan Province of Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. '"Barakzai" is a common name among the Pashtuns and it means "son of Barak" in Pashto. There are seven distinct Pashtun tribes named Barakzai, with the Zirak branch of the Durrani tribe being the most important and largest tribe with over 4 million people.[1]

Many people from the Barakzai tribe moved to Pakistan. They are living in Chhachh in Pakistan.They have lived there for more than a century.

Flag of the Abdali Afghan Tribes. Made from historical Texts & references.


According to Hyat Khan's history of Afghanistan, from their progenitor Bor Tareen, otherwise known as Abdal, are descended two main divisions: the Zirak and the Panjpai. The term Abdal, however, gradually superseded Bor Tareen and came into special prominence when Ahmad Shah Abdali, commonly known as Durrani, began his career of conquest. The Achakzi were once a branch of the large Barakzai tribe, but Ahmad Shah Durrani was worried over this large tribe as potential competition for control of Kabul’s throne and split the tribe into two separate components and since then the Achakzi have remained distinct and are a separate tribe today. Their original homeland was Maruf District, Kandahar Province.[2][3] [4]

Rachel's Tomb, near Bethlehem, 1891

Barakzai, are also sometimes counted to be as one of the Lost tribes of Israel and are sometimes associated with the Tribe of Benjamin (Hebrew: בִּנְיָמִין, Modern Binyamin, Tiberian Binyāmîn).[5][6][7][8][9] It's said that Barakzai are the descendants of "Afghana" (born ~ 1000 BC) the grandson of King Saul of the Tribe of Benjamin is considered in Afghan folklore a tribal chief or prince of Bani Israel[10] (Israelite) origin and a progenitor of modern-day Pashtuns (ethnic Afghans),[11][12][13][14][15] the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan and second largest in Pakistan. The ethnonym "Afghan" is believed to derive from his name.[11][12][13][14][15]

Durrani tribe are their closest counters and then next closest to Muhammad zai , Kasi, Shinwari , Ghoryakhel , Yousafzai (Sons of Joseph) since Yūsuf was Binyāmîn's full brother, and Ephriti (Tribe of Ephraim) & Khattak (Tribe of Menashe) as their last closest in terms of the Lost Tribes of Israel and also in relations because Ephraim & Menashe were the sons of Yūsuf, which makes Ephraim & Menashe the nephew of Binyāmîn, who was the youngest son of Yaʿqūb with Raḥel.[16][17][18][19] [20] Even the name Barakzi and its most prominent & powerful sub tribe of Mohammadzi can be compared with the name of Ashkenazi, who are the Jews descended from the medieval Jewish communities along the Rhine in Germany from Alsace in the south to the Rhineland in the north. The term suffix - zi, the plural of Pashto zay, stands for "descendant.[21] However, research towards validating such claims has been inconclusive.[22][23][24]


Further information: Afghan (ethnonym)
Family Tree & Lineage
Afghana, legendary grandson of King Saul and ancestor of Qais Abdur Rashid

The legend describes Afghana as the grandson of King Saul (Talut). Afghana was the son of Irmia (Jeremia), and Jeremia in turn was the son of King Talut. This name is mentioned in the form of Abgan in the 3rd century CE by the Sassanians [25] and as Avagana in the 6th century CE by Indian astronomer Varahamihira.[26]

It is mentioned that Afghana was orphaned at a young age, and brought up by King David. When Solomon became the king, Afghana was made commander-in-chief of the army. Afghana is also credited with the building of the first temple (also known as Bait ul-Mukaddas or the Temple of Jerusalem):[27][28][29]

According to Tadhkirat al-Muluk, Afghana migrated to the place known as Takht-i-Sulaiman and generations later Qais Abdur Rashid a descendant of Afghana embraced Islam.[30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38] Qais Abdur Rashid's pedigree ascended in a series of thirty-seven degrees to King Talut (Saul) through Afghana.[39][40][41] The genealogy of the Royal Family of Afghanistan and the country's Mohammadzai Emirs & Kings who ruled it are Afghana's descendants and they strictly maintain the ethics and ways of the Pashtunwali.[42][43][44]

Barakzai in Kashmir[edit]

Current Khan of Barakzai tribe[edit]

Early Pashtun photograph depicting Amir Sher Ali Khan with Prince Abdullah (seated), Ghaznavid Khan Nasher (standing with turban) and other Pashtun Khans in 1869.
Predigree of King Dost Mohammad Khan of Afghanistan. Figure shows the branching of the Abdal dynasty into the Popal (founder of the Popalzai; in figure spelled 'Fofal'), Barak (founder of the Barakzai), and Alako (founder of the Alakozai) line (the fourth branch, Achakzai, is missing).
History of Afghanistan principal ruling families. The figure shows the splitting of the Zirak line into the Popalzai, Alakozai, Achakzai and Barakzai branches.


Mohammadzai are the most prominent & powerful sub-tribe of Barakzai, they belong to the Zirak branch of the Durrani confederacy, and are primarily centered around Kandahar. They can also be found in other provinces throughout Afghanistan as well across the border in the Pakistan's Balochistan Province.

Musahiban also known as Sultan Muhammed Khel or the Yahya Khel. Descendants of Sultan Muhammed Khan, ruler of Peshawar, brother of Dost Muhammad Khan. Mohammadzai Barakzai are closely related to Amanullah Khan. The family of Nadir and Zahir Shah.

Payendah Khel are descendants of Payendah Khan, head of the Mohammadzai branch of the Barakzai tribe during the reigns of Timur and Zaman Shah, who became rulers with the decline of the Sadozai dynasty.

The Tarzi family is a branch of the Mohammadzai of Afghanistan. Although a smaller branch of the Barakzai ruling dynasty, the Tarzi family has produced some of the most famous and affluent members. The founder of Tarzi family was Ghulam Muhammad Tarzi.[45]


Genealogy of the Barakzai rulers of Afghanistan from the Barakzai dynasty

From 1826 to 1978, most rulers of Afghanistan belonged to the two branches of one Barakzai dynasty descending from the chiefs of the Barakzai tribe (belonging to the Mohammadzai sub-tribe).[46]


The principal language of Barakzai is Pashto. Persian is also used as the language for records and correspondence,[47][48][49]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Shariat and Tasawwuf
  3. ^ The Legendary Qais Abdur Rashid
  4. ^ Pashtun clue to lost tribes of Israel: Genetic study sets out to uncover if there is a 2,700-year-old link to Afghanistan and Pakistan
  5. ^ Pashtun Bani Israelite Origins
  6. ^ Hebrew Pashtun Article 1
  7. ^ Hebrew Pashtun Article 2
  8. ^ Alden Oreck, The Virtual Jewish History Tour: Afghanistan from Jewish Virtual Library
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  12. ^ a b India and the Afghans: a study of a neglected region, 1370-1576 A.D., Amrendra Kumar Thakur, Janaki Prakashan, 1992 - 231 pages, Covers the history of Bihar during the Afghan rule in India. Page 2 & 9.
  13. ^ a b Journal of the Research Society of Pakistan, Volume 22, Research Society of Pakistan, 1985 - Page 4.
  14. ^ a b Pukhtun economy and society: traditional structure and economic development in a tribal society, Akbar S. Ahmed, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1980 - 406 pages - Page 128 & 129.
  15. ^ a b Niamatullah's history of the Afghans , Volume 1, Niʻmat Allāh, Nirod Bhusan Roy, Santiniketan Press, 1958 - Page 5 & 9.
  16. ^ Amir Mizroch (2010-01-09). "Are Taliban descendants of Israelites?". The Jerusalem Post. 
  17. ^ "Israelites fund scholarship to study DNA link to Taliban"
  18. ^ Sachin Parashar (2010-01-11). "Lucknow Pathans have Jewish roots?". Times of India. 
  19. ^ Rory McCarthy (2010-01-17). "Pashtun clue to lost tribes of Israel". The Observer. 
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  22. ^ Amir Mizroch (2010-01-09). "Are Taliban descendants of Israelites?". The Jerusalem Post. 
  23. ^ Sachin Parashar (2010-01-11). "Lucknow Pathans have Jewish roots?". Times of India. 
  24. ^ Rory McCarthy (2010-01-17). "Pashtun clue to lost tribes of Israel". The Observer. 
  25. ^ name="Britannica-Abgan">"History of Afghanistan". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved November 22, 2010. 
  26. ^ name="Afghan">Ch. M. Kieffer (December 15, 1983). "Afghan". Encyclopædia Iranica (Encyclopædia Iranica Online ed.). Columbia University. 
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  39. ^ Niamatullah's history of the Afghans , Volume 1, Niʻmat Allāh, Nirod Bhusan Roy, Santiniketan Press, 1958.
  40. ^ Census of India, 1901 , Volume 18, Part 1, India. Census Commissioner, Edward Albert Gait, Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, India, 1902 - Page 88.
  41. ^ Settling the frontier: land, law and society in the Peshawar valley, 1500-1900, Robert Nichols, Robert Nichols (PhD.), Oxford University Press, 2001 - 321 pages.
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