Sakzai (Pashto: سکزی), also called Sakazai, Sagzai, Sagzi and Sijzi (Arabic: سجزي), are a historical Pashtun tribe of the Ghilzai branch in Afghanistan located within the locales of Nimroz, Ghor, Helmand and Farah.[1][2] Also they can be found among the Baloch tribes.[3]

The Sakzai are 24 subtribes and 95 or 96 clans with an approximate population of over 4.9 million people. Their name suggests a connection with the historic East Iranian Saka tribes of Central Asia.


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  3. .The third major tribe in the area is known as Sajdis. The dominant sections of the tribe in the area are Sakazai, who seem really to be of Scythian origin. The Sajdi were true Balochs but, owing partly to inter-marriage, gradually amalgamated with the Brahvis. "3".

Further reading

  • India Army. General Staff Branch, Ludwig W. Adamec (1972). Historical and Political Gazetteer of Afghanistan. Akadem. Druck- u. Verlagsanst. ISBN 3201012726.
  • Lumsden, Harry Burnett (1860). Mission to Kandahar. C.B. Lewis, Baptist Mission Press.
  • University of Peshawar, Area Study Centre (Central Asia) (1984). Central Asia. Area Study Centre (Central Asia), University of Peshawar.
  • Houtsma, M. Th (1987). E.J. Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam, 1913-1936. BRILL. ISBN 978-90-04-08265-6.
  • H. A. Rose, IBBETSON, Maclagan (1990). Glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North West Frontier Province. Asian Educational Services. p. 2076. ISBN 978-81-206-0505-3.

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