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The Hazaras (Persian: هزاره‎, Hazaragi: آزره‎) are an ethnic group native to the region of Hazarajat in central Afghanistan, speaking the Hazaragi variant of Dari, itself an eastern variety of Persian and one of the two official languages of Afghanistan.

They are overwhelmingly Twelver Shia Muslims and make up the third largest ethnic group in Afghanistan. They also make up a significant minority group in the neighboring Pakistan, with a population of over 650,000–900,000, largely living in the region of Quetta.

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The word "Hazaragi" written in Hazaragi Language.
Hazaragi (Persian: هزارگی‎, Hazaragi: آزرگی‎) is the language of the Hazaras. It is a variant of Dari, itself an eastern variety of Persian and one of the two official languages of Afghanistan. most of all in an area known as the Hazarajat. The primary differences between Standard Dari and Hazaragi are the accent and Hazaragi's greater array of Turkic Mongolian words. Despite these differences, Hazaragi is mutually intelligible with Dari. Academic estimates of the Hazaragi-speaking population range from 1.8 speakers.

Hazaragi is spoken by Hazara people who mainly dwell in Afghanistan (the Hazarajat and also in major urban areas), Pakistan (particularly Quetta) and by the Hazara diaspora in Iran (particularly Mashad), and in the Americas, Europe and Australia. Read more..

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Faiz Mohammad Katib Hazara
Faiz Mohammad Katib Hazara was the son of Sa'eed Mohammed Hazara of Ghazni Province. He is perhaps best known for his five-volume history of Afghanistan, Siraj al-Tawrikh, which provides one of the best references on nineteenth-century Afghan history.

The book was written by the encouragement of the court of Amir Habibullah Khan. He was a court clerk, initially, thus the title of Kateb (clerk) in his name. Faiz Mohammed was also the biographer of the Amir. Amir Habibullah Khan imprisoned him in Sherpur[disambiguation needed] for his political activities and his role in the Constitutionalist Movement. However he was soon released by the Amir due to their personal friendship and for having labored to author Siraj al-Tawrikh.

In 1929, Habibullāh Kalakāni issued a decree on the names of the renowned Shiites of Kabul such as Mohammed Ali Jawansher(Jauntier) Chandawali, Qazi Shuhaab, Khalifa Mohmmed Hussein, Ustad Gholam Hassan, and Faiz Mohammad Hazara. They were asked to travel to Dai-Zangi and obtain the support of the Hazara populace in that area. But the Hazara people refused to do so, and the Shiite leaders of Kabul city returned without any success.

The disappointed Hamidullah with the help of anti Shiite Pashtun Nomads then ordered them punished for failing in their mission. In the result of the brutal beating, Faiz Mohammad Hazara got sick for a few days, but died one year later during Nadir Shah's reign. Read more..

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Faiz Mohammad Katib Hazara
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Faiz Mohammed Hazara (1862/63–1929) was a renown Afghan-Hazara historian, writer and intellectual, among the renowned group of Afghans seeking social and political changes in the country at the beginning of the 20th century, which shaped early regional politics from Afghanistan to Morocco. He was a member of what became known as Junbish-i Mashrutyat.


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