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A Note on Spelling

With a variety of languages, dialects, and alphabets, many names in Afghanistan have a variety of spellings. Places, tribes, and even people’s names have a plethora of different spellings. We, like Afghanistan, have used a multitude of different spellings in this gazetteer, to better familiarize those who study the country with the variations they will inevitably come across. Below are some of the more common provincial variations.1

·  Badakhshan: Badahšan
·  Badghis: Badghes, Badghisat, Badgis
·  Baghlan: Baglan, Bughlan
·  Balkh: Balh, Mazar-i-Sharif,
·  Bamian: Bamiyan, Bamyan
·  Daikondi: Daikundi, Daykondi, Daykundi
·  Faryab: Fariab
·  Ghazni: Gazni
·  Ghowr: Gawr, Ghore, Ghour, Ghur, Ghor
·  Helmand: Girishk, Hilmand, Hilmend
·  Herat: Hirat
·  Jowzjan: Jaozjan, Jawzjan, Jozjan, Juzjan
·  Kabul: Cabul, Kabol
·  Kandahar: Qandahar
·  Kapisa: Kapesa
·  Khowst: Khost
·  Konar: Konarha, Kunar, Kunarha
·  Kondoz: Konduz, Kunduz, Qonduz, Qunduz
·  Laghman: Lagman
·  Lowgar: Lawghar, Loghar, Logar
·  Nangarhar: Ningrahar
·  Nimruz: Neemroze, Nimrod, Nimrooz, Nimroze, Nimroz
·  Nurestan: Nooristan, Nuristan
·  Oruzgan: Urozgan, Uruzgan
·  Paktia: Paktiya, Paktya
·  Panjshir: Panjsher
·  Parvan: Parwan
·  Sar-e Pol: Sar-e Pul, Saripol, Sari Pul
·  Takhar: Takar
·  Vardak: Meydan-Wardag, Verdak, Wardag, Wardak
·  Zabol: Zabul, Zubul

Gwillim Law, “Provinces of Afghanistan,” Factiods, available from: Statoids.com (9/14/07).