Jat or Jats (Urdu: مسلمان جاٹ) are an Indo-Aryan tribal grouping found throughout the Punjab region of Pakistan and India, with many different sub-castes such as Bhatti, Cheema, Warraich, Brar, Rana, Niara, Khattar, etc., as well as in western Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat in India, and the provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. Some Jats, who originally were Hindus, starting converting to Islam from the early Middle Ages onward, and now form the distinct community of Muslim Jats or muley jats. Some Jats have also converted to Sikhism. The Jats constitute one of the most diverse communities in South Asia. Dhillon are sometimes called "Royal Jatts".
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- A History of Pakistan and Its Origins by Christophe Jaffrelot, Gillian Beaumont
- Rivalry and Brotherhood Politics in the Life of Farmers in North India by Dipankar Gupta Oxford India ISBN 0195-64101-9
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- Census Of India 1911 Volume XIV Punjab Part 2 by Pandit Narikishan Kaul
- 'A glossary of the tribes and castes of the Punjab and North West Frontier Province' by H.A. Rose, Page 354, published in 1919.