|Indigenous Group||Mishmast (Also known as: Mismast, Mizmast, Aimaq, Aimaq-e-digar)|
|Location||Afghanistan, northwestern and northern part of Herat province and western part of Badghis province. Mishmast are an Aimaq ethnic group but not part of the Chahar Aimaq tribal confederation.|
|Estimated Population||5,000 (Refer Population Sources below)|
|Environment||Plain / Desert / Mountain|
|Lifestyle||Semi-nomadic / Nomadic|
|Level of Assimilation||Fairly Traditional|
Aimaq (Mishmast dialect)
Classification: Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Iranian, Western, Southwestern, Persian
Alternate names: Mishmasti, Mizmasti, Farsi, Parsi, Eastern Persian, Eastern Farsi, Eastern Parsi
Mishmast speak an eastern Persian dialect known as Mishmast or Mishmasti. This dialect is sometimes classified together with related dialects as Aimaq language (which, in turn, is sometimes considered a dialect of Farsi/Dari).
Ethnologue: Aimaq (Mishmast Dialect) a language of Afghanistan |
Peoples of Afghanistan (US State Dept.)
Afghanistan country study (US Government)
Afghanistan ethnolinguistic map 1
Afghanistan ethnolinguistic map 2
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.
No NGOs deal specifically with this ethnic group. For major NGOs operating in Afghanistan see separate entries for major Afghan ethnic groups (Pashtun, Tajik, etc.)