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1. Language.

Tād̲j̲īkī is the name of an Iranian (Irano-Aryan) language commonly applied to the official language of Tād̲j̲īkistān (formerly a republic of the Soviet Union which declared its independence on 8 September 1991). Closely-related varieties of the spoken language called Tād̲j̲īkī are used by different ethnic groups (not necessarily sometimes identifying themselves Tād̲j̲īks) in many places over Central Asia, northern Afg̲h̲ānistān, Pakistan and the Sinkiang-Uygur province of China. All …

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Steblin Kamensky, I. and Bečka, J., “Tād̲j̲īkī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 10 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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