Guhjali, Wakhi in Afghanistan

Population

17,300

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


The Wakhi

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Introduction / History

The Guhjali, also known as the mountain Tajiks, are of the Tajik people cluster. They are also called the Guhiali, Khik, Vakhan, Wakhani, Wakhi, Wakhigi, or Wakhs.


Where are they Located?

The Guhjali are found in China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, they are found in small, remote villages in the lower altitudes in the Wakhan Corridor and upper Badakshan. They mostly reside in 64 villages on the left bank of the Panj River in the Wakhan Corridor.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Kirghiz live in the high mountain valleys of the area, while the Wakhi lived in the lowlands areas. Relations between the two groups are often tense, yet both groups are economically dependent on each other. The Kirghiz depend on the Wakhi for grain, while the Wakhi depend on the Kirghiz for animals. The center of the areas where they reside is Khandud. Many have scattered and are refugees now. They speak Wakhi, and Indo- Iranian language. The literacy rate is below 1%.


What are Their Beliefs?

The Guhjali are Ismaili Shi'a Muslims. Some, however, are Imami Shi'a and Sunni. There are few, if any, Christians or churches among them. There are no known groups working among them. There are Christian audio recordings available in their language.




People Name General Guhjali
People Name in Country Guhjali, Wakhi
Population in Afghanistan 17,300
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Khik, Vakhan, Wakhani, Wakhigi, Wakhs
Affinity Bloc Persian-Median
People Cluster Tajik
People Name General Guhjali
Ethnic Code CNT24z
Country Afghanistan
Continent Asia
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Pamir Mountains, east of Ishkashim, Panj River left bank in Wakhan Corridor, as far as Sarhad village. 64 villages. Center is Khandud

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Wakhi (17,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Wakhi 17,000
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Largest Religion Islam
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
100.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
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