Ghilzai

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Ghilzai

 

one of the largest groups of Afghan tribes. It includes over 1,500,000 people (1967, estimate). The Ghilzai inhabit the Ghazni Highlands and the western slope of the Sulaiman Range in southern Afghanistan. Some of the Ghilzai are still nomadic cattle-raisers, and they have retained vestiges of patriarchal social relationships. The Ghilzai took an active part in the struggle against the English aggressors during the Anglo-Afghan Wars of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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As a result, neither the Ghilzay nor the Abdali Afghans were beholden to any one outside power.
Throughout the 1100s/1690s reports mention tribal incursions by Baluchis in the southeast and Ghilzay and Abdali Afghans in the area around Qandahar and father north toward Khorasan, respectively.
Iran's rulers were not even able to accommodate the Afghan Hazaras, their Shi'i coreligionists who lived in a state of enmity with their Sunni neighbors yet, wooed by Mahmud, decided to side with the Ghilzay.