is a multiethnic, tribal society with a predominantly rural population.
Islam as the foundation of the value system is the common denominator
that binds together diverse ethnic groups. About 85 percent of Afghans
are Sunnī Muslims and adhere to
law; the rest are Shīʿīs. Small
populations of Hindus and Sikhs live in urban centers.
The Pashtun, Tajik,
Uzbek, Turkmen, Baluchi, and
ethnic groups (
) vary in patrilineal
language, and regional…
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“Kinship, Descent Systems and State: Afghanistan”, in:
Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph.
Consulted online on 24 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0100a>