February 2013
Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition;Feb2013, p1
Reference Entry
Nuristan (nŏrĭstăn′) [Persian,=land of light or the enlightened], region on the southern slopes of the Hindu Kush, NE Afghanistan, bordered on the E by Pakistan. Formerly called Kafiristan [land of the infidels], it is inhabited by an ethnically distinctive people (numbering about 60,000), who practiced animism until their forcible conversion to Islam in 1895–96. Inhabiting relatively isolated villages in deep, narrow mountain valleys, they grow wheat, barley, millet, peas, wine grapes, and other fruit and raise livestock (chiefly goats). A special artisan caste specializes in woodcarving, pottery making, weaving, and metalwork. The Nuristanis, divided into several tribes, speak Dardic dialects (often mutually unintelligible) belonging to a distinct branch of the Indo-European language family. Nuristan was the scene of some of the heaviest guerrilla fighting during the 1979–89 invasion and occupation of Afghanistan by Soviet forces.


Related Articles

  • Kafiristan.  // Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition;Feb2013, p1 

    Kafiristan, Afghanistan: see Nuristan.

  • Kafiristan.  // Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition;Q1 2017, p1 

    Kafiristan, Afghanistan: see Nuristan.

  • Hunters' Lore in Nuristan. Degener, Almuth // Asian Folklore Studies;2001, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p329 

    Presents Hunters' folklore in Nuristan, Afghanistan. Belief of hunters about fairies; Importance of wild mountain goats 'markhor' as Nuristan's favorite game animal; Representation of folk tale entertainment value.

  • As NATO pulls back, Afghans worry about Taliban's return. Peter, Tom A. // Christian Science Monitor;7/21/2011, pN.PAG 

    As NATO presence recedes, the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan's eastern Nuristan Province and Kunar Province has some Afghans concerned.

  • Optometrist Killed in Afghanistan.  // Review of Optometry;8/15/2010, Vol. 147 Issue 8, p4 

    The article reports that optometrist Thomas Little, who was part of a 10 aid workers, were ambushed and killed in Nuristan province, Afghanistan.

  • No Hospital.  // Southasia;Aug2014, Vol. 18 Issue 8, p10 

    The article reports that Nuristan, Afghanistan Governor Hafiz Abdul Qayyum has blamed the central government of the country for the lack of hospital in the province in 2014.

  • Terrorist attack claims the life of a compassionate optometrist. Webb, Jennifer A. // Optometry Times;Sep2010, Vol. 2 Issue 8, p9 

    The article reports that Tom Little, a graduate of the New England College of Optometry (NECO) and an adjunct faculty member of the college, was one of the 10 people who was ambushed and killed while on a humanitarian mission in Nuristan, Afghanistan on August 5, 2010.

  • ISIS Spreads In Afghanistan. Morgenstern, David A. // Military Periscope Special Reports;12/4/2015, p1 

    The article reports that the Islamic State (ISIS) is confronting both the Taliban and Afghan government, having seized Mosul in Iraq and drawing world's attention to the hanging of 12 local Taliban commanders in Nuristan province in northeastern Afghanistan.

  • U.S. Marine Capt. Chris Briley.  // Sea Power;Apr2010, Vol. 53 Issue 4, p56 

    A personal narrative is presented which explores the author's experience of being deployed as one of the U.S. Marine Corps in Nuristan Province in Afghanistan on an embedded training team for Afghan National Army (ANA).

  • FROM THE EDITOR: Gallantry. Graham, Chris // Counter Terrorist;Apr/May2015, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p6 

    The article offers the author's insights regarding Specialist Kyle J. White who received the Medal of Honor for intrepidity and gallantry during the combat operations in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. He mentions that White exposed himself to enemy fire to help a wounded soldier and secure a...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics