Baloch people

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Baloch
بلوچ
Balōč
Baloch Khans.png
Sardar Ibrahim khan Sanjrani Iranian Baloch Khans in Qajar era, c. 1884
Total population
Approx. 10 million (2017)
Regions with significant populations
 Pakistan8,000,000 (2016)[1][not in the source given]
 Iran1,500,000 (2016)[2]
 UAE468,000 (2014)[3]
 Oman312,000 (1993)[4]
 Turkmenistan100,000 [5]
 Saudi Arabia16,000 [6]
Languages
Balochi
Urdu, Brahui in (Pakistan), Arabic, Persian (in Iran)
Religion
Predominantly Sunni Islam[7]

The Baloch (بلوچ) (other spellings: Baluch, Balouch, Bloach, Balooch, Balush, Balosh, Baloosh, Baloush) live in the part of Balochistan in the southeast corner of the Iranian plateau in Southwest Asia, including parts of eastern Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

The Baloch speak Balochi language, an Iranian language. They mainly live in mountainous places of the Iranian plateau in Iran, Pakistan and parts of Afghanistan.

Baluchs is comparable to the Sami people in Sweden and Russia. Baluchere is originally Tamil and originally from Sri Lanka, which settled in the borders of some countries in the late 19th century.

There are many similarities between Baluchan and Sami's life and culture.

References[change | change source]

  1. "CIA World Factbook". cia.gov. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  2. "Iran Minorities 2: Ethnic Diversity". iranprimer.usip.org. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  3. "United Arab Emirates: Languages". Ethnologue.com. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  4. "Oman: Languages". Ethnologue.com. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  5. KOKAISLOVÁ, Pavla, KOKAISL Petr. Ethnic Identity of The Baloch People. Central Asia and The Caucasus. Journal of Social and Political Studies. Volume 13, Issue 3, 2012, p. 45-55., ISSN 1404-6091
  6. Baloch, Southern in Saudi Arabia, Joshua Project.
  7. "Demography of Religion in the Gulf". Mehrdad Izady. 2013.