|Coordinates: 38°N 71°E / 38°N 71°ECoordinates: 38°N 71°E / 38°N 71°E|
|• Type||Provincial government|
|• Governor||Shah Waliullah Adeeb|
|• Total||44,059 km2 (17,011 sq mi)|
| • Estimate |
|• Ethnicities||Tajik, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Pashtun|
|• Languages||Persian, Pamiri, Pashto, Kyrgyz, Uzbek|
Badakhshan (Persian: بدخشان - Badakhshān) is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. It has 28 Districts. The capital is Feyzabad. It is located in the north-east of the country, between the Hindu Kush and the Amu Darya.
Geography[change | change source]
Badakhshan is bordered by Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province and Khatlon Province in Tajikistan to the north and east. In the east is the Wakhan Corridor. The province has a total area of 44,059 km². Much of the land is the Hindu Kush and Pamir mountain ranges.
Economy[change | change source]
Badakhshan is one of the poorest areas in the world. Opium poppy growing is the only real source of income in the province.
Lapis lazuli has been mined in the Sar-e-Sang mines for over 6,000 years. The mines were the largest and most well-known source in ancient times.
Demographics[change | change source]
The population of the province is estimated at 889,700 people. The majority of them are Persian-speaking Tajiks.
The residents of the province are largely Sunni.
Districts of Badakhshan[change | change source]
|Arghanj Khwa||6||12,000||Created in 2005 within Fayzabad District|
|Argo||6||45,000||Created in 2005 within Fayzabad District|
|Baharak||7||Baharak||14,000||Sub-divided in 2005|
|Darayim||6||65,000||Created in 2005 within Fayzabad District|
|Darwaz||1||Nusay||21,000||Sub-divided in 2005|
|Darwazi Bala||1||11,000||Created in 2005 within Darwaz District|
|Fayzabad||6||Fayzabad||46,000||Sub-divided in 2005|
|Jurm||10||3,000||Sub-divided in 2005|
|Khash||10||48,000||Created in 2005 within Jurm District|
|Khwahan||2||Khwahan||14,000||Sub-divided in 2005|
|Kishim||9||63,000||Sub-divided in 2005|
|Kohistan||7||12,000||Created in 2005 within Baharak District|
|Kuf Ab||2||16,000||Created in 2005 within Khwahan District|
|Kuran wa Munjan||11||Kuran wa Munjan||8,000|
|Ragh||4||Ragh||37,000||Sub-divided in 2005|
|Shahri Buzurg||5||Shahri Buzurg||42,000|
|Shiki||6||26,000||Created in 2005 within Fayzabad District|
|Shuhada||7||31,000||Created in 2005 within Baharak District|
|Tagab||6||22,000||Created in 2005 within Fayzabad District|
|Tishkan||9||23,000||Created in 2005 from Kishim District|
|Warduj||7||17,000||Created in 2005 within Baharak District|
|Yaftali Sufla||6||39,000||Created in 2005 within Fayzabad District|
|Yamgan||7||20,000||Created in 2005 within Baharak District|
|Yawan||4||27,000||Created in 2005 within Ragh District|
Sport[change | change source]
The province is represented in Afghan domestic cricket competitions by the Badakhshan Province cricket team.
Notable people from Badakhshan[change | change source]
- Burhanuddin Rabbani - leader of the Jamiat-e Islami political party and former president of Afghanistan
- Tahir Badakhshi - political activist
- Latif Pedram - political activist and candidate for Afghanistan's presidency
- Mahboobullah Kushani - political activist and candidate for Afghanistan's presidency
- Mohammad Wali (Prime Minsiter) - Prime Minsiter (Amanullah Khan)
- Shah Wali Taranasaz - Musician
- Nasratullah Nasrat - Afghan cricketer
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- ↑ "Database". www.afghan-bios.info.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Afghanistan Energy Information Center" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2012-04-15.
- ↑ Deer, William A.; Howie, Robert A, and Zussman, Joseph (1963) "Lapis lazuli" Rock-Forming Minerals Longman, London, OCLC 61975619
- ↑ "1 Badakhshan". www.rkabuli.20m.com.