Scripts افغانستان (Pashto, Persian)
Pronounced Pron. af-GAN-ih-STAN
Other Forms FormsAfġānistān, Afghānistān
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Contributor Contrib.highexpectasians on 3/11/2017
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, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.