Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Abdali tribe


A Durrani shepherd, 1815. A Plate from Mountstuart Elphinstone's book "An Account of the Kingdom of Caubul, and Its Dependencies in Persia, Tartary, and India: Comprising a View of the Afghaun Nation, and a History of the Dooraunee Monarchy"


Abdal or Awdal, son of Tarin, is the progenitor of the Abdali tribe. They are known by the name of Durrani since the reign of Ahmad Shah Durrani. Tradition claims that Abdal bore this surname because he had been in the service of one of the abdal, who represent the fifth degree in the hierarchy of Sufi saints.

The Abdali has two main divisions: (a) The Zirak, who, especially in the region of Qandahar, include the clans of the Popalzai, the Alikozai, the Barakzai, and the Achakzai. (b) The Panjpai, which include the Nurzai, the Alizai and the Ishaqzai or Sakzai, reside for the most part in the west of the country (Helmand, Farah, Sistan and Herat).



A Durrani shepherd, 1815. A Plate from Mountstuart Elphinstone's book