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OTHER SCRIPTS: افغانستان (Pashto, Persian)
OTHER FORMS: Afġānistān, Afghānistān
Meaning & History
Means "land of the Afghans (Pashtuns)"; a combination of the ethonym افغان (Afġān)
, used to refer to the native Pashtuns (the largest ethnic group inhabiting the region today), and the Persian suffix ـستان (-stān)
meaning "land, place of", "country". The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is a South/Central Asian nation bordering Pakistan
, and Turkmenistan