Kom people (Afghanistan)

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The Kom or Kam are a Nuristani tribe in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Most used alternative names are Kamozi, Kamoz/Camoze, Caumojee/Kaumoji, and Camoje.[1][full citation needed]


In 1895, following their conquest by Emir Abdur Rahman Khan, the Kom Kafir people in Afghanistan converted to Islam. Every former Kafiristan Kafiri were renamed Nuristani (The Enlightened Ones) respectively Nuristan (Land of Light). In present time there are now known Nuristani Kom or simply Kom.[citation needed]

At the end of the 19th century, they were living in the lower part of the Bashgul Valley, known as Kam,[2][full citation needed], Kamdesh in Khowar, and Kamoz in Pashto, and in the adjacent valleys.[citation needed]

Though not a numerous people, the Kom were greatly respected military prowess by neighboring tribes as well as by Chitralis and the Pashtun people. The Kom control the destiny of Bashgul valley and were said to be its virtual kings.[3][full citation needed] The Kom were tributary to the Mehtar of Chitral until 1895.

The political headquarters of the Kom of the Siah-Posh Kafir clan were at Kombrom. The country of the Koms is also in present-day Nuristan called Komstan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ M. Elphinstone, George Robertson, Richard Strand).
  2. ^ George Scott Robertson
  3. ^ George Scott Robertson
  • George Scott Robertson (1896), The Kafirs of Hindukush
  • Mountstuart Elphinstone (1815), An Account of the Kingdom of Caubol, London
  • J. Biddulph (1971), Tribes of Hindukush, Craz (Austria)
  • The Kom. Retrieved July 4, 2006, from Richard F. Strand: Nuristan, Hidden Land of the Hindu-Kush [1].