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Tajikistan officially the Republic of Tajikistan is a mountainous landlocked country in Central Asia. Afghanistan borders it to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and People's Republic of China to the east. Tajikistan also lies adjacent to Pakistan's Chitral and the Gilgit-Baltistan region, separated by the narrow Wakhan Corridor.

Most of Tajikistan's population belongs to the Persian-speaking Tajik ethnic group, who share language, culture and history with Afghanistan and Iran. Once part of the Samanid Empire, Tajikistan became a constituent republic of the Soviet Union in the 20th century, known as the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic (Tajik SSR). Mountains cover over 90% of this Central Asian republic. Tajikistan means the "Land of the Tajiks". The word Tajik was used by medieval Turks to refer to Iranian-speaking peoples. From the 11th century, the term referred to East Iranian people, but by the 15th century came to be applied to Persian speakers. In medieval Persian literature, Tajik appears as a synonym of "Persian". The territory of what is now Tajikistan has been inhabited continuously since 4000 BC. It has been under the rule of various empires throughout history, for the longest period being part of the Persian Empire. It was originally called Neb for a short period of time, before being given the name Tajikistan.

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Tajikistan
by Ravshan Ruziboev

Gushting Wrestling, Khissor district, Kalaiy Khissor.

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Ninety-three percent of Tajikistan is covered by stones
by Lola Ulugova

High up in the mountainous North, in the Ayny district of Sugd, the ancient Sogdiana, is the mountain Navrouzgah, that is, a mountain designated the Navrous place. Since ancient times, as one of the locals told me, every year the local people knew the exact date of the spring equinox: on the day when the sun at dawn comes up...

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Tajikistan
by Ravshan Ruziboev

Buzkashi, Dushanbe, Nagorniy Kiblaiy.

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Tajikistan
by Ravshan Ruziboev

Buzkashi, Dushanbe, Nagorniy Kiblaiy.

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