What is Pashtun?

  • (noun): A member of the mountain people living in the eastern regions of Afghanistan.
    Synonyms: Pathan, Pushtun, Pashtoon
    See also — Additional definitions below


Pashtun people (Pashto: پښتانهPax̌tānə; also spelled Pushtun, Pakhtun or Pukhtun), also known as ethnic Afghans or Pathans are an Iranic ethnic group belonging to Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are typically characterised by the usage of the Eastern Iranian Pashto language and practice of Pashtunwali, which is a traditional set of ethics guiding individual and communal conduct. Their origins are unclear but historians have come across references to various ancient peoples called Pakthas (Pactyans) between the 2nd and the 1st millennium BC, inhabiting the region between the Hindu Kush and Indus River, who may be the early ancestors of the Pashtun people. Since the 3rd century AD onward, they have been referred to by the ethnonym "Afghan".

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Pashtun Research Advocacy And Policy Centre Canada
... Pashtun Research Advocacy and Policy Centre (PRAP) Canada is an independent think-tank that conducts research on social, political, cultural, and economic issues relevant to the 50 million ... PRAP Canada advocates for the Pashtun welfare, economic prosperity, Pashto language and Pashtun nation's integration into the global economy and social fabric ... PRAP's executive members and advisory council consist of Pashtun and non Pashtun scholars and professionals from Afghanistan, Pakistan, USA and Canada ...
Pashtun - Women
... Further information Women's rights in Afghanistan and Women in Pakistan In Pashtun society there are three levels of women's leadership and legislative authority the national ... Anaa was a prominent 17th century Pashto poet and an educated Pashtun woman who eventually became the "Mother of Afghan Nationalism" after gaining authority ... She used the Pashtunwali law to unite the Pashtun tribes against their Persian enemies ...

More definitions of "Pashtun":

  • (noun): An ethnic minority speaking Pashto and living in northwestern Pakistan and southeastern Afghanistan.
    Synonyms: Pathan