Read on to know more about the most famous and influential people from Afghanistan.

Famous Afghans
Afghanistan, a landlocked country between South and Central Asia, is amongst the largest and populous countries of the world. With a history dating back to the Middle Paleolithic Era, Afghanistan has since then been home to multiple cultures, traditions, ethnicity and military campaigns. Its strategic location as a crossroads helped this Islamic country build up a multi-ethnic society that has people from diverse cultures and background. The ancient Afghanistan’s turn to modernization began during the 18th century. Afghanistan boasts of a long list of peope who have put in their bit to build a nation rich in culture and heritage. Right from Hamid Karzai who served as the first President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Fatema Akbari who founded the Gulistan Sasaqat Company, the list is endless. Abdul Ahad Mohmand, an astronaut, was the first Afghan and the fourth Muslim to travel in the outer space. In the field of administrative work too, Afghans made a name for themselves. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, once the President of San Jose State University, today serves as the Chief Adviser on Infrastructure and technology to the President of Afghanistan. This section provides you details about the life and works of famous Afghans.
RumiRumi
(Great Poet)

30 September 1207

17 December 1273

Balk (present-day Afghanistan)

Libra

Mohammad NajibullahMohammad Najibullah
(President of Afghanistan)

06 August 1947

27 September 1996

Gardez

Leo

Ahmad Shah MassoudAhmad Shah Massoud
(Former Afghan Military & Political Leader)

02 September 1953

09 September 2001

Bazarak, Panjshir, Afghanistan

Virgo

Ashraf GhaniAshraf Ghani
(13th President of Afghanistan)

12 February 1949

Logar, Afghanistan

Aquarius

Hamid KarzaiHamid Karzai
(Former President of Afghanistan)

24 December 1957

Karz

Capricorn

Mohammed Zahir ShahMohammed Zahir Shah
(Former King of Afghanistan)

15 October 1914

23 July 2007

Kabul

Libra

Mohammed OmarMohammed Omar
(Former President of Afghanistan)

03 January 1960

23 April 2013

Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

Capricorn

Burhanuddin RabbaniBurhanuddin Rabbani
(Politician, Educationist, University teacher)

20 September 1940

20 September 2011

Fayzabad

Virgo

Abdullah AbdullahAbdullah Abdullah
(Politician, Ophthalmologist, Diplomat)

05 September 1960

Kabul

Virgo

Hafizullah AminHafizullah Amin
(Politician)

01 August 1929

27 December 1979

Paghman

Leo

Nur Muhammad TarakiNur Muhammad Taraki
(Politician, Poet, Writer, Journalist)

15 July 1917

14 September 1979

Kabul

Cancer

Abdur Rahman KhanAbdur Rahman Khan
(politician)

1844 AD

01 October 1901

Afghanistan

Mohammed Nadir ShahMohammed Nadir Shah
(Diplomat)

09 April 1883

09 November 1933

Dehradun

Aries

Dost Mohammad KhanDost Mohammad Khan

23 December 1793

09 June 1863

Kandahar

Capricorn

Sher Ali KhanSher Ali Khan
(Emir of Afghanistan)

1823 AD

21 February 1879

Afghanistan

Malalai JoyaMalalai Joya
(Politician, Feminist)

25 April 1978

Farah

Taurus

Habibullah KhanHabibullah Khan
(Politician)

03 June 1872

20 February 1919

Tashkent

Gemini

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