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
30 September 1207
Great Poet
Mahmud of GhazniMahmud of Ghazni
02 November 0971
Ruler of the Ghaznavid Dynasty

Ashraf GhaniAshraf Ghani
12 February 1949
13th President of Afghanistan

Ahmad Shah MassoudAhmad Shah Massoud
02 September 1953
Former Afghan Military & Political Leader

Layla AlizadaLayla Alizada
11 August 1977
Actress

Hamid KarzaiHamid Karzai
24 December 1957
Former President of Afghanistan
Annet MahendruAnnet Mahendru
21 August 1989
Actress

Mohammad NajibullahMohammad Najibullah
06 August 1947
President of Afghanistan

Mohammed Zahir ShahMohammed Zahir Shah
15 October 1914
Former King of Afghanistan
RoxanaRoxana
0340 BC
Alexander The Great's Wife

Al-FarabiAl-Farabi
0872 AD
Philosopher
Rashid KhanRashid Khan
20 September 1998
Cricketer

Mohammed OmarMohammed Omar
1960 AD
Terrorist

Muhammad of GhorMuhammad of Ghor
1149 AD
King

Ahmad Shah DurraniAhmad Shah Durrani
1722 AD
King

Nur JahanNur Jahan
31 May 1577
Empress
Hafizullah AminHafizullah Amin
01 August 1929
Politician

Muḥammad ShahMuḥammad Shah
07 August 1702
Mughal emperor

Mohammed Daoud KhanMohammed Daoud Khan
18 July 1909
Politician, Diplomat

Burhanuddin RabbaniBurhanuddin Rabbani
20 September 1940
Politician, Educationist, University teacher
Mujeeb ZadranMujeeb Zadran
28 March 2001
Afghan cricketer

Amānullāh KhānAmānullāh Khān
01 June 1892
Sovereign
Mohammad NabiMohammad Nabi
01 January 1985
Cricketer

Babrak KarmalBabrak Karmal
06 January 1929
Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer

Abdullah AbdullahAbdullah Abdullah
05 September 1960
Politician, Ophthalmologist, Diplomat
Nur Muhammad TarakiNur Muhammad Taraki
15 July 1917
Politician

Abbas I of PersiaAbbas I of Persia
27 January 1571
Politician
Jamal al-Din al-AfghaniJamal al-Din al-Afghani
1838 AD
Activist

Abdur Rahman KhanAbdur Rahman Khan
1844 AD
Emir of Afghanistan

Akhtar Mohammad MansourAkhtar Mohammad Mansour
1968 AD
Militant
Aryana SayeedAryana Sayeed
14 July 1986
Afghan singer

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Asghar StanikzaiAsghar Stanikzai
22 February 1987
Afghan cricketer
Mohammed Nadir ShahMohammed Nadir Shah
09 April 1883
Diplomat

Dost Mohammad KhanDost Mohammad Khan
23 December 1793
 

Saif al-AdelSaif al-Adel
11 April 1960
Al-Qaeda

SebüktiginSebüktigin
0942 AD
King
Ahmad ZahirAhmad Zahir
14 June 1946
Singer
Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-BalawiHumam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi
25 December 1977
Jordanian doctor

Mohammad ShahzadMohammad Shahzad
31 January 1988
Cricketer

Azita GhanizadaAzita Ghanizada
17 November 1979
Afghan-American actress

JamiJami
07 November 1414
Poet
Habibullah KhanHabibullah Khan
03 June 1872
Politician

Demetrius I of BactriaDemetrius I of Bactria
0222 AD
King

Sher Ali KhanSher Ali Khan
1825 AD
Emirs

Nadia NadimNadia Nadim
02 January 1988
Association football player

Shah Shujah DurraniShah Shujah Durrani
04 November 1785
Ruler
Siyar BahadurzadaSiyar Bahadurzada
17 April 1984
Afghan mixed martial artist

Sibghatullah MojaddediSibghatullah Mojaddedi
1926 AD
Former President of Afghanistan
NaghmaNaghma
23 April 1954
Singer

Abdul Ahad MohmandAbdul Ahad Mohmand
01 January 1959
Aviator

Naveen-ul-HaqNaveen-ul-Haq
23 September 1999
Afghan cricketer
Vida SamadzaiVida Samadzai
22 February 1978
Afghan-American actress

SanaiSanai
1080 AD
Poet
Peroz IPeroz I
king

Yaʿqūb ibn Layth al-ṢaffārYaʿqūb ibn Layth al-Ṣaffār
25 October 0840
Ṣaffārid ruler

Mohammad RabbaniMohammad Rabbani
31 August 1955
Political leader

Abu Ma'sharAbu Ma'shar
10 August 0787
Astrologer

Abdul HaqAbdul Haq
23 April 1958
Military commander
Mozhdah JamalzadahMozhdah Jamalzadah
07 December 1985
Singer

Farhad DaryaFarhad Darya
22 September 1962
Afghan singer

Al-MuqannaAl-Muqanna
Religious leader

Najibullah ZadranNajibullah Zadran
18 February 1993
Cricketer
Mullah DadullahMullah Dadullah
1966 AD
Guerrilla commander

Ahmed Wali KarzaiAhmed Wali Karzai
1961 AD
Politician
Malalai JoyaMalalai Joya
25 April 1978
Politician, Feminist

Shapoor ZadranShapoor Zadran
07 March 1985
Afghan cricketer

Dawlat ZadranDawlat Zadran
19 March 1988
Afghan cricketer
Hamid RahimiHamid Rahimi
12 September 1983
Boxer

Muhammad KhwandamirMuhammad Khwandamir
1475 AD
Islamic scholar
Faqir NabiFaqir Nabi
1953 AD
Actor

Munir MangalMunir Mangal
1950 AD
Military officer