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1. General Situation

The Republic of Tajikistan, in central Asia, has its longest border with Afghanistan to the south. It also borders China to the east, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and Uzbekistan to the west. The Pamirs and the Tian Shan Mountains dominate the country, with more than half its territory lying above 3,000 m. (10,000 ft.). Only 6 percent of its land is arable. Economically, it is the poorest member of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Ethnically, about 65 percent of the population are Tajiks, …

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Sawatsky, Walter, “Tajikistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 17 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_T.6>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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