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<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: -->Yaghnobi people, or Yagnobian people, (Yaghnobi:yaγnōbī́t/,/) is the name of an isolated people who live in the Sughd province of Tajikistan in the valleys of the Yagnob, Kul and Varzob rivers. These are the last living relics of the great Sogdian nation that once inhabited most of Central Asia beyond the Oxus/Amu Darya River. The Soghdian language gradually gave way to Persian after the 5th century AD, with the latter largely supplanting the former by the 10th century AD. It is nothing short of a miracle that the Sogdian language and people have survived to the present in the small numbers of the Yaghnobi people and their language.

The 1926 and 1939 census data gives the number of Yaghnabi speakers as approximately 1,800. In 1955, M. Bogolyubov estimated the number of Yaghnabi native speakers as more than 2,000. In 1972, A. Khromov estimated 1,509 native speakers in the Yaghnob valley and about 900 elsewhere. The estimated number of Yagnobi people is approximately 25,000.


Their traditional occupations were agriculture, growing produce such as barley, wheat, and legumes as well as breeding cattle, oxen and ass. There were traditional handicrafts including weaving which was mostly done by the men. The women worked on molding the earthenware crockery.

The Yagnobian people originated from the Sogdians, a people dominant in the area until the Arab conquests in...
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