|Indigenous Group||Maliki (Also known as: Aimaq, Aimaq-e-digar)|
|Location||Afghanistan, northwestern and northern part of Heart province. Maliki are an Aimaq ethnic group but not part of the Chahar Aimaq tribal confederation.|
|Estimated Population||12,000 (1970s, see offline sources listed below)|
|Environment||Plain / Desert / Mountain|
|Lifestyle||Semi-nomadic / Nomadic|
|Level of Assimilation||Fairly Traditional|
Aimaq (Maliki dialect)
Classification: Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Iranian, Western, Southwestern, Persian
Alternate names: Maliki, Farsi, Parsi, Eastern Persian, Eastern Farsi, Eastern Parsi
Maliki speak an eastern Persian dialect known as Maliki. This dialect is sometimes classified together with related dialects as Aimaq language (which, in turn, is sometimes considered a dialect of Farsi/Dari).
Afgha.com (an expatriate site)
Peoples of Afghanistan (US State Dept.)
Afghanistan country study (US Government)
Afghanistan ethnolinguistic map
Ethnologue - Aimaq (Maliki dialect) a language of Afghanistan
Additional Offline Sources
1. Janata, A. Rezension zu D. Frohlich : Nationalismus und Nationalstaat in Entwicklungslandern. Afghanische Studien, 3, 1970. In : Archiv fur Volkerkunde, 27 : 192-194, 1973.
2. Weekes, RV (ed.) Muslim peoples - A world ethnographic survey. London, 1978.
|NGOs||No NGO appears to work specifically with this ethnic group. For a list of NGOs working in Afghanistan please see entries on one of the major ethnic groups in the country (Pashtun, Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara).|