Nuristani

Nuristani

About Nuristani

The Nuristani people are an Indo-European Indo-Iranian-speaking ethnic group native to the Nuristan region of eastern Afghanistan. The Nuristanis are a people whose ancestors practised what was apparently an ancient Indo-Iranian polytheistic Vedic religion until they were conquered and converted to Islam in the late 19th century by Emir Abdur Rahman Khan. In the mid-1890s, he conducted a campaign in Kafiristan and followed up his conquest with forced religious conversions, the region thenceforth being known as Nuristan, the 'Land of Light'.

Contributions by EasternAryan, Sze cavalry01, and Scythian1.