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Nu•ris•ta•niˌnʊər əˈstɑ ni, -ˈstæn i(n.)(pl.)-nis.
a native or inhabitant of Nuristan.
a group of languages spoken in Nuristan.
Any member of an ethnic group found mostly in the Nuristan, Laghman and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan, now generally Muslim but having once had an Indo-Iranian polytheistic religion.
The Nuristani people are an Indo-Iranian-speaking ethnic group native to the Nuristan region of eastern Afghanistan. The Nuristanis are a people whose ancestors practised an Indo-Iranian polytheistic Vedic religion until they were conquered and converted to Islam in the late 19th century by Emir Abdur Rahman Khan. In the mid-1890s, he conducted a campaign in Kafiristan and followed up his conquest with religious conversions, the region thenceforth being known as Nuristan, the "Land of Light". Non-Muslim religious practices endure today to some degree as folk customs. They are now heavily influenced by Wahhabi mullahs of the new religion educated in Pakistani madrassas. There are heavy Taliban actions also. In their native rural areas, which was referred to by the local Muslims as Kafiristan before the 19th century, they are often farmers, herders, and dairymen. The Nuristanis are distinguished from the Kalash of Chitral by their adoption of Islam, territory within Afghanistan, and consolidation with other Afghans. The Nuristan region has been a prominent location for war scenes that have led to the death of many indigenous Nuristanis.
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