Aimaq, meaning tribe in Turkish, is not an ethnic domination, butdifferentiates seminomadic herders and agricultural tribal groups of variousethnic origins, including the Turkic Hazara and Baluch, that were formed in thesixteenth and seventeenth centuries. They live among nontribal people in thewestern areas of Badghis, Ghor and Herat provinces. They are Sunni, speakdialects close to Dari and refer to themselves with tribal designations.Population estimates vary widely, from less than 500,000 to around 800,000. Agroup of about 120,000 live in Iranian Khorasan.
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