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Afghanistan, The People of Afghanistan

Shia Islam, Arabian Peninsula, conquests, ethnic diversity, Iran

Afghanistan is comprised of a variety of ethnic groups, the overwhelming majority of whom are Muslim, usually either followers of Sunni or Shia Islam. The people of Afghanistan are related to many of the ethnic groups in Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, with cultural and genetic influences that go farther afield to various places, including Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, China, and the Arabian Peninsula (the large peninsula south of Jordan and Iraq). The extreme linguistic and ethnic diversity in Afghanistan is the result of millennia of human migrations, political upheavals, invasions, and conquests. The resultant scattering of small diverse groups is not only a major cause of the difficulty in finding sufficient common ground to promote peace and understanding between people, but also makes accurate characterization of the borders between them commonly rather arbitrary.

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Shia Islam, Arabian Peninsula, conquests, ethnic diversity, Iran, borders, Pakistan, invasions, Jordan, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, peace, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, China, major cause, difficulty


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