/noor'euh stah"nee, -stan"ee/, n., pl. Nuristanis, (esp. collectively) Nuristani for 1.
1. Kafir (def. 1).
2. Kafiri.

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also called  Nuri, Kaffir, or Kafir 

      (Arabic: Infidel), people of the Hindu Kush mountain area of Afghanistan and the Chitral area of Pakistan. Their territory, formerly called Kafiristan, was renamed Nūristan, “Land of Light” or “Enlightenment,” when they became Muslims at the turn of the 20th century. The territory now forms the northern part of the Afghan province of Nangarhār and has a population of about 65,000. Only about 3,000 live in Pakistan.

      Their language, Kafiri (or Nūristāni), belongs to the Indo-Aryan subgroup of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. They are nominally Sunnī Muslims but continue in many of their traditional ways dating from before their conquest by the Afghans in 1895.

      Their earlier record was one of brigandage and plundering; they were, and still are, intensely loyal to their own people and strongly cherish their independence. They have a clan organization with village government and are now settled agriculturists. The region as a whole has a most distinctive culture, and although it is possible to establish certain cultural differences between the three main valleys, they share a culture which gives them a unique position within Afghanistan.

      The houses in the highest northern regions are built of stone or clay, but in the forested regions they are mainly of wood, often (to save space) in several stories, stepwise above each other. The small enclosed fields (often no bigger than an ordinary floor space), mostly lying in steep, narrow mountain valleys, are cultivated by the women, while the men hunt or tend livestock. The main crop is wheat, with barley, corn (maize), millet, and peas. Grapes and mulberries are grown in the lower areas. Livestock consists mainly of goats, with some cattle and a few sheep in the upper, wider valleys. There are no horses.

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