Iran, Afghanistan, and Central Asia

Ethnic Groups of the Soviet Union


Ethnolinguistic Groups in China


Ethnoreligious Distribution 1982

Road Map

Ethnoreligious Distribution 2004



Persia 1909

Isfahan 1942


Afghanistan and Pakistan

Northwest Frontier

Political map of Afghanistan

Ethnolinguistic Groups

Ethnolinguistic Groups

Topographical Features

Northern Pakistan

Central Asia

Major Ethnic Groups in Central Asia

Linguistic Map of the Altaic, Turkic and Uralic languages

The Turkic Nation

Islamic Groups



Bukhara 1838


2 Responses to “Iran, Afghanistan, and Central Asia”

  1. The whole world seem to be all “Türklar” althogh they seem the dont know it. Therefore it is ironic thagt even Turkey itself will have Kurdish majority population in 25 years. So, dream on, Ankara. The reality will hit you sooner than you think. Anatolia will be speaking an Indo-European language (Kurdish), restoring to it what it always had until the 15th century. Asiatic Turko-Mongolian will again end up in the distant Orkhun deserts of Mongolia where it came from. Hehehehe….

  2. Hi!
    I realize your blog mostly focuses on issues on Central Asia and areas further south, but for the record, some notes on your map of the “Altaic, Turkic and Uralic languages” shown here. While it covers the Turkic languages sufficiently well that I cannot point out flaws, it rather fails to do anything compareable for the other language families shown. The lack of language-level division within Mongolian and Tungusic is obvious enough — given the Turkic focus, this may be acceptable, but I feel it should be at least noted these constitute language families, rather than single languages like Korean.

    Worse yet is how with the Uralic family, subdivision has been attempted but botched quite badly. Several languages have been erased altogether (Mari and Udmurt perhaps the most obviously) while some are lumped together at seemingly random (the “Samoyedic” category seems to have acquired the Ob-Ugric and Mordvinic languages).

    Much of this should be obvious even from a simple comparision with your first, ethnographic map presented here, but here’s to explicitly note these facts for the record anyway.

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