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Hazara

[ huh-zahr-uh ]

noun

, plural Ha·za·ra, Ha·za·ras.
  1. an Iranian ethnolinguistic group in central Afghanistan, north Pakistan, and Iran, most of whom are Shiʿite Muslims.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Hazara1

From Persian hazār “a thousand, a military unit of a thousand soldiers,” from Middle Persian

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Example Sentences

Farkhondeh and the Hazara will be a bellwether for what happens next in Afghanistan.

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Election turnout is always amongst the highest in Hazara regions.

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Since the Taliban’s overthrow, Farkhondeh and other Hazara youth have poured themselves into this vision of a new Afghanistan.

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Last month’s horrific attack on schoolgirls took place in a predominantly Hazara community in Kabul, although the Taliban blamed Islamic State for that carnage.

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She received a medical degree from Kabul University in 1982, the first Hazara woman to do so.

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Qais is an Afghan of mixed ethnic heritage, self-described as “a Pashtun with Hazara eyes.”

The twin attacks in Quetta, he says, specifically targeted the local minority Shia (or Hazara) community.

The worst attack occurred after nightfall on Thursday at a snooker club in Quetta in an area frequented by Hazara Shia Muslims.

Accordingly, two columns were employed, the base of one being in the Peshawar valley, and that of the other in Hazara.

For many months the Hazara highlands are buried under successive sheets of snowdrift.

Expert native authorities have a very high opinion of the handiness of Hazara slave girls.

Nearly every well-to-do establishment in Afghan Turkistan has one or two Hazara slaves.

The Afghan force consisted largely of cavalry, as did that of the gallant Hazara chief, Yezdambaksh.

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