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Badakhshān (also archaically referred to as Badhakhshān and Balakhshān), is a mountain region on the Pāmīr plateau and divided between Tajikstan and Afghanistan. Situated astride the legendary Silk Road, the historic region of Badakhshān is a unique geographic and cultural area also known as Pāmīr—the name of the mountain chain which connects to the Hindu Kush range and the Himalayas (Koen, 38). The Āmū Daryā (rive…

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Pakatchi, Ahmad and Gholami, Rahim, “Badakhshān”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 21 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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