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  • The status of Afshar as a distinct variety is unclear. It is likely the case that the name Afshar refers to tribal affiliation, and not to linguistic affiliation. Doerfer and Hesche (1989) refer to all South Oghuz varieties that are neither Qashqa'i or Äynallu as Afshar.
  • The variety spoken in Afghanistan, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afšār-e Nānakčī is treated separately here for reasons of geographic and cultural separation from the Iranian varieties.



Doerfer, Gerhard, and Wolfram Hesche. 1989. Südoghusische Materialen aus Afghanistan und Iran. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz.

Knüppel, Michael. 2010. "Turkic languages of Persia: an overview." Encyclopædia Iranica. Updated 15 April.

Oberling, P. 2011. "Afšār" Encyclopædia Iranica. Updated 28 July.

Tekcan, Münevver. 2015. "İran Afşarları." Tehlikedeki Diller Dergisi 4.6/7: 45- 65.

Approximate location of Afshar speakers in Iran.
Approximate location of Afshar speakers in Iran.
Spoken in:Iran, Afghanistan
Number of speakers:unknown