, or Sid̲j̲istān (from Sakastāna, land of the Sakae, cf. its classical name Sakastāne), also called Nīmrūz [“midday” = southland, scil. south of Ḵh̲urāsān; this name occurs often in the
S̲h̲āhnāma, and also on the coins of the Kayānī chiefs (
malik) of Sīstān, cf.
J.R.A.S., 1904, p. 669], border district between Persia and Afg̲h̲ānistān. Its area covers ± 7,006 square miles, 2,847 of them being Persian, and 4,159 Afg̲h̲ān territory; its population being about 205,000 persons (for 1906, cf. MacMahon in
Geogr. Journal, xxviii. 213). The land is divided between the two countries by …