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    In what world is Afghanistan Central or South Asian?

    I'm confused as to why Afghanistan is classified as belonging to South Asia or Central Asia when it belongs to neither the former, nor the latter. Afghanistan is technically not South-Central Asia either. Technically speaking, that is the Indian subcontinent. it's clear cut in West Asia. North vs South wise, Afghanistan is smack down Central, so not in South Asia. Arabia is far more south and in Asia than Afghanistan. In Europe, Spain and Greece are both classed as South Europe even though they are miles apart, but somehow Afghanistan is "South Asia" according to the world and Saudi Arabia is "West Asia."

    Afghanistan is nowhere near the center of Asia either, so they aren't Central Asians. They are clear cut West Asians, and are central-east West Asians to be more specific, but nonetheless they are West Asians. Even Turkmenistan and parts of Kazakhstan are part of Northeastern - Western Asia.

    Here is a map of Asia and I will explain it under it:


    So the big black dot in the center is the center of Asia. The regions circled in red represent the true Central Asia, which is Western-Central China, Central Russia, Western Mongolia, and a portion of Kazakhstan. The light blue represents West Asia which includes the Caucasus, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, parts of Kazakhstan, Tajikstan, the Levant, Iraq, and Northern Saudi Arabia. Yellow is East Asia, and dark blue is South Asia, which includes the Indian subcontinent and the islands below it, South Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Oman (i forgot to highlight the last three). Black is Northern Asia.

    The brown dot is where Afghanistan is around, and it is clearly in West Asia.

    Afghanistan isn't culturally or genetically Central or South Asian, either. Even though there are South Asian influences, they are overwhelmingly like West Asians, specifically the other Iranics.

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    Afghanistan is part of the SARRC now. Now that has to do everything with recent foreign influences.
    Afghanistan is a gateway for westAsia, centralAsia, southAsia, and IMO an Afghan has the right to identify as all three; amalgamation of these choices or nada. We have mostly West asian; Central Asian; South Asian influence in our genetics; traditions;language etc. It ain't that much of a brow raiser either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by surbakhunWeesste View Post
    Afghanistan is part of the SARRC now. Now that has to do everything with recent foreign influences.
    Afghanistan is a gateway for westAsia, centralAsia, southAsia, and IMO an Afghan has the right to identify as all three; amalgamation of these choices or nada. We have mostly West asian; Central Asian; South Asian influence in our genetics; traditions;language etc. It ain't that much of a brow raiser either.
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    Nice map. Where did you get it from ?

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    Meh, semantics:

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    Its an amalgam of all 3. This a genetics forum so from a genetic perspective , the ethnogenesis of Modern Afghans is very different from those of most West Asians, esp Hazaras, Uzbeks, and many Tajiks who have substantial East Asian admixture. In the case of Pashtuns and Pamiri or Panjsher Tajiks, they are 3-4 way mix between Neolithic Iranians, Steppe Indo Iranians, Indigenous South Asians and /or some yet to be discovered Central Asian hunter gatherer population.

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    It's Central Asia

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyAnthropologies View Post
    I'm confused as to why Afghanistan is classified as belonging to South Asia or Central Asia when it belongs to neither the former, nor the latter. Afghanistan is technically not South-Central Asia either. Technically speaking, that is the Indian subcontinent. it's clear cut in West Asia. North vs South wise, Afghanistan is smack down Central, so not in South Asia. Arabia is far more south and in Asia than Afghanistan. In Europe, Spain and Greece are both classed as South Europe even though they are miles apart, but somehow Afghanistan is "South Asia" according to the world and Saudi Arabia is "West Asia."

    Afghanistan is nowhere near the center of Asia either, so they aren't Central Asians. They are clear cut West Asians, and are central-east West Asians to be more specific, but nonetheless they are West Asians. Even Turkmenistan and parts of Kazakhstan are part of Northeastern - Western Asia.

    Here is a map of Asia and I will explain it under it:


    So the big black dot in the center is the center of Asia. The regions circled in red represent the true Central Asia, which is Western-Central China, Central Russia, Western Mongolia, and a portion of Kazakhstan. The light blue represents West Asia which includes the Caucasus, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, parts of Kazakhstan, Tajikstan, the Levant, Iraq, and Northern Saudi Arabia. Yellow is East Asia, and dark blue is South Asia, which includes the Indian subcontinent and the islands below it, South Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Oman (i forgot to highlight the last three). Black is Northern Asia.

    The brown dot is where Afghanistan is around, and it is clearly in West Asia.

    Afghanistan isn't culturally or genetically Central or South Asian, either. Even though there are South Asian influences, they are overwhelmingly like West Asians, specifically the other Iranics.
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