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Appendix 2: Sayyid Mahdī Farrukh, Tārīkh-i siyāsī-yi Afghanistan

in Supplements to The History of Afghanistan

(7,422 words)

previous section  Afghans name their children and [in general] refer to descendants by the name of the founding father [eponym] with the addition of –zāʾī or khayl. For example, they call the progeny of ʿUmar, ʿUmarzāʾī, and the descendants of ʿAlī or Mūsā, ʿAlī Khayl or ʿAlīzāʾī or Mūsā Khayl or Mūsāzāʾī. As has already been mentioned [see pp. 60–62 of the edition, not included here] historians of Afghanistan present the Afghans as descended from Sāmī (Sam) and the Banī Isrāʾīl. Most Afghans, b...

Supplements to The History of Afghanistan

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