noun \ˌpəsh-ˈtün\
plural Pashtuns also Pushtuns or Pashtun also Pushtun

Definition of PASHTUN

:  a member of a people of eastern and southern Afghanistan and adjacent parts of Pakistan

Variants of PASHTUN

Pash·tun also Push·tun \ˌpəsh-ˈtün\

Origin of PASHTUN

Pashto paštun, paxtun
First Known Use: 1815


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any member of a Pashto-speaking people of southeastern Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan. The Pashtun, who number about 7.5 million in Afghanistan and 14 million in Pakistan, constitute the majority of the population of Afghanistan. Their origins are unclear: Pashtun tradition asserts that they are descended from Afghana, grandson of King Saul of Israel, but most scholars believe that they arose from an intermingling of ancient Aryans from the north or west with subsequent invaders. Each Pashtun tribe is divided into clans, subclans, and patriarchal families. Disputes among the Pashtun over property, women, and personal injury often result in blood feuds between families and whole clans. Most tribal people are sedentary farmers; some are migratory herders and caravaners. Large numbers of the Pashtun have always been attracted to military service.


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