Khorasani Turks

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Khorasani Turks
Total population
(approx. 1–2 million[1][2])
Regions with significant populations
North Khorasan, Razavi Khorasan, Golestan
Khorasani Turkic and Persian
Shia Islam
Related ethnic groups
Other Turkic peoples

Khorasani Turks (Persian: ترک‌های خراسان‎‎, Khorasani Turkish:خوراسان تؤرکلری; or Khorasani Turkmens, often described as Qizilbash)[citation needed] are Turkic ethnic group inhabiting part of northeastern Iran, and in the neighboring regions of Turkmenistan up to beyond the Amu Darya River; and speak the Khorasani Turkic, and live in the North Khorasan, Razavi Khorasan and Golestan provinces of Iran.

The Khorasani Turks are not to be confused with other Turkic groups which have arrived in Khorasan more recently, especially Iranian Azerbaijanis, who had a presence in the area, especially in Mashhad, from about the early 20th century.[3][4]

Nader Shah is a Khorasani Turk

Tribes of Khorasani Turks[edit]


Lives mainly in Nishapur (near 120,000-150,000).


Lives mainly in Isfarayen (near 130,000-150,000).

Imarli, Bukanli, Cuyanli, Pehlivanli, Boranli and Kilicanli

Lives mainly in Bojnord.

Timurtash and Nardin

Lives in Gorgan city center.


Lives in Sini.


Lives in most areas of Greater Khorasan.


Lives in Torbat-e Heydarieh.[5]

Notable Khorasani Turks[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Iranicaonline
  2. ^ 16. Turkic Languages of İran (author Gerhard Doerfer), p. 276. // The Turkic Languages. Edited by Lars Johanson and Éva Á. Csató. Routledge Language Family Series. London and New York: Routledge, 1998, 474 pages. ISBN 9780415082006
  3. ^ "AZERBAIJAN vi. Population and its Occupations and Culture". Encyclopædia Iranica. August 18, 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mourning Azerbaijanis residing in Mashhad". Mehr News Agency. August 18, 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2013.