Hazara people

Hazara people

Hazara people are the third largest Shiite muslem ethnic group of Afghanistan. The founder of the Mughul Empire mention them in the early 16th centery by name "Hazara in Baburnama"

About Hazara people

Haza_ra are a Persian-speaking people who mainly live in central Afghanistan and in Pakistan. They are overwhelmingly Shiite Muslims and comprise the third largest ethnic group of Afghanistan, forming about 9% (according to other sources up to 18%) of the total population. Over half a million Hazaras live in neighbouring Pakistan (mostly in Quetta) and a similar number in Iran. Babur, the founder of the Mughul Empire in the early 16th century, records the name Hazara in Baburnama. He referred to the populace of Hazarajat, located west of Kabul, as far as Ghor and Ghazni. The word Hazara most likely derives from the Persian word for Thousand. It may be the translation of the Mongol word ming (or minggan), a military unit of 1000 soldiers at the...'

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