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Contrary to the theory of Pashtun descent from Israelites, the British doctor and authority on oriental languages, Henry Walter Bellew, accredited for writing the first Pushtu dictionary,[1] suggested that the Pashtuns (Pathans) are actually a mixture of the Greek and Indian Rajput peoples.[2] [3] Bellew’s theory was that all Pashtun tribal names could be traced to Greek and Rajput names, which posits the further possibility of a great Greek mixing with the ancient border tribes of India.[4][5] In addition, the renowned Arab historian Masudi wrote that Kandahar, the city in which most Pashtuns were concentrated at the time, "is a country of Rajputs" and was a separate kingdom with a non-Muslim ruler.[6]


  1. ^ The Pathans – 550 BC - AD 1957 by Sir Olaf Caroe, The South Asian - Reprinted Oxford University Press, 2003 (retrieved 04 May 2007).
  2. ^ Are the Pathans in fact Rajputs? By Khaled Ahmad, Daily Times (retrieved 04 May 2007).
  3. ^ Swatis and Afridis, By T. H. Holdich, The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. 29, No. 1/2 (1899), pp. 2-9 (retrieved 04 May 2007).
  4. ^ Are the Pathans Hindu Rajputs? By Khaled Ahmad, Khyber Gateway (retrieved 04 May 2007).
  5. ^ Where do the Chach Pathans originate from? By Dilawar Khan, Dilawar Khan (retrieved 04 May 2007).
  6. ^ About Pakhtuns, By Syed Zubir Rehman, (retrieved 04 May 2007).


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