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OTHER SCRIPTS: Тоҷикистон (Tajik), Таджикистан (Russian)
OTHER FORMS: Tojikiston, Toçikiston, Tadzhikistan
Meaning & History
Means "land of the Tajiks"; a combination of Persian tāži
—a name for the Arab enemies of the Persian people or the name of a pre-Islamic tribe—which is thought to be from the name of the Arabic tribe طائی (ṭāʼī)
; also used to denote a Persian who converted to Islam, thus a person who became an "Arab" and the Persian suffix ـستان (-stān)
"land, place of", "country".
A popular folk etymology for the origin of the word Tajik
is from Persian تاج (tāj)
meaning "crown". Though this is false, it explains the small, golden crown in the center of the modern Tajik flag. Tajikistan is a Central Asian nation and a former Soviet republic.