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Mohammadzai (Pashto: محمد زی‎), also spelled "Moḥammadzay" (meaning sons of Mohammad in Pashto language) is a sub-tribe or clan of the Barakzai which is part of the Durrani confederacy of tribes.[1][2] They are primarily centered on Kandahar, Kabul and Ghazni in Afghanistan.[1] The Mohammadzai ruled Afghanistan from 1826 to 1973 when the monarchy ended under Mohammad Zahir Shah. Mohammadzai is also a name of Baloch tribe.


Mohammadzai are the most prominent and powerful branch of the Durrani confederacy, and are primarily centered on Kandahar. They can also be found in other provinces throughout Afghanistan as well as across the border in Pakistan.

Musahiban are the descendants of Sultan Mohammad Khan alao known as "Telai". Telai means Gold in Dari. He was the older brother of Dost Mohammed Khan. The Musahiban are closely related to King Amanullah.

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.[citation needed] The founder of Tarzi family was Ghulam Muhammad Tarzi.


Barakzai Mohammadzai's usually have the southern dialect of Pashto, however there are many Mohammadzai's who speak Dari as a first (or second language), especially those whom live around Persian speaking non-Pashtun Afghans. In Pakistan, Mohammadzai speak Pashto.


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).

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  1. ^ a b Anne Brodsky (15 November 2014). "Narratives of Afghan Childhood:Risk, Resilience, and the Experiences That Shape the Development of Afghanistan as a People and a Nation". In Heath, Jonathan; Zahedi, Ashraf. Children of Afghanistan: The Path to Peace. University of Texas Press. p. 50. ISBN 978-0292759312. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Balland, D. "BĀRAKZĪ". Encyclopædia Iranica (Online ed.). United States: Columbia University. 
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