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Balūch, a people inhabiting the area termed Balūchistān that includes parts of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. They are also to be found in countries outside Balūchistān proper, particularly in the states along the Persian Gulf.

Etymology of the Name

The Shahrastān-hā-yi Īrān, a 2nd/8th-centur…

Cite this page
Bulookbashi, Ali A. and Asatryan, Mushegh, “Balūch”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 16 July 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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