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Old September 13th, 2014, 01:12 PM   #1
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how were afghans and pashtuns converted to islam


after arab conquests
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Old September 13th, 2014, 07:02 PM   #2
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after arab conquests
Arabs did not conquer the Aghan tribes.The turks and Tajiks did.
The last dynasty of the afghans were the TUrkishahis and HIndushahis .They were the BUddhist and hindu Turks who fought against the muslims.
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They converted mainly during Ghaznavid Raids under Sabuktigin and Sultan Mahmud. Buddhist Afghans worshipped Shakyasingha(lion Buddha), some Afghans and Pakhtuns were Hindu of Shakya sect I think, while others were animist.
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They converted mainly during Ghaznavid Raids under Sabuktigin and Sultan Mahmud. Buddhist Afghans worshipped Shakyasingha(lion Buddha), some Afghans and Pakhtuns were Hindu of Shakya sect I think, while others were animist.

Pashtuns were mostly not hindus and their modern religious terms which are not arabic show that they had very likely an eastern iranian religion conflated with indian beliefs.The hepthalites who played an important role in the ethnogenesis of pashtuns were famous as worshippers of Mithras and Sun gods. Buddhism and indian hinduism played an important role in eastern afghanistan and could gain much popularity there but they coexisted with many other religions and traditions there

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Pashtuns were mostly not hindus and their modern religious terms which are not arabic show that they had very likely an eastern iranian religion conflated with indian beliefs.The hepthalites who played an important role in the ethnogenesis of pashtuns were famous as worshippers of Mithras and Sun gods. Buddhism and indian hinduism played an important role in eastern afghanistan and could gain much popularity there but they coexisted with many other religions and traditions there
Yes,Afghanistan was a heaven for Hindus,Buddhists,Zoroastrians,etc.All of them co-existed in pre-islamic Afghanistan.We can safely call pre-islamic Afghanistan as an Indo-Iranian zone.With the invasion of islamic savages,all of these faiths were wiped off.

There was also some local cults like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nana_(Afghan_goddess) though this Goddess shows good similarities with Indian Shakti and Mesopotamian Inanna/Ishtar.
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it was mostly Turks and Iranics who converted Afghanistan. other hand it was Afghans Iranics and Turks who converted Pakistanis to Islam.
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They converted mainly during Ghaznavid Raids under Sabuktigin and Sultan Mahmud. Buddhist Afghans worshipped Shakyasingha(lion Buddha), some Afghans and Pakhtuns were Hindu of Shakya sect I think, while others were animist.
What about during the Saffarid reign? I heard the Saffarids converted a significant portion of Afghans/Pashtuns to Islam.
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The Turkishahi having themselves been of Turkic origin, might they hv not been so fervent & ferocious in their fight against co-Turkic compatriot Mahmud Al-Ghaznavi?
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The Turkishahi having themselves been of Turkic origin, might they hv not been so fervent & ferocious in their fight against co-Turkic compatriot Mahmud Al-Ghaznavi?
They were not of Turkish origin but rather Kushan
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Then they shud hv called themselves Kushanshahi, instead of Turkishahi. Bugger them for confusing folks like me.
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