Thoughts of the Hazara youths on Hazaras identity

A case study at 13th district of Kabul, Afghanistan

Mubarak Ali Kuhzad, Novel Lyndon

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Every individual and ethnic group in the universe has unique identity based upon their unique personality characteristic. In the past owing to wars in the country there has not been any rigorous study concerning the issue. The main objective of this study is to understand the views of the Hazara youths, in respect of the identity of the Hazara ethnic group. Based on the thoughts of t he Hazara youths, the meaning, constituents, concepts and the essence of Hazaras' identity are understood and analyzed. Hazaras are the third largest nationality in Afghanistan and mainly live in central parts of the country, called Hazarajat. Method of interview was an in-depth interview with informants. A total of Twenty eight interviews were conducted with both men and women of the Hazara youths. Data was transcribed and translated from Dari (Bersian) language to English and a thematic analysis was done. Data was openly, axially and selectively coded. The findings show that majority of the informants believed that Hazaras identity is defined by their language, pedigree, name, culture and their specific oriental facial features such as pointed cheek bones, Asian eyes, nose and many more Asian physical traits and also by their belief. Religion is a significant part of their identity and history. Gender differences exhibited that the views and thoughts of male and female Hazara youths did not differ significantly in relation to Hazaragi identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-204
Number of pages10
JournalAsian Journal of Scientific Research
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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ethnic group
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language
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gender-specific factors
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Religion
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Keywords

  • Afghanistan
  • Hazara identity
  • Modernization
  • Qualitative research

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Thoughts of the Hazara youths on Hazaras identity : A case study at 13th district of Kabul, Afghanistan. / Kuhzad, Mubarak Ali; Lyndon, Novel.

In: Asian Journal of Scientific Research, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2015, p. 195-204.

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