Islamic Inner Asia

Islamic Inner Asia covers the region of northern Pakistan, Afghanistan, extreme Western China and southern parts of former Soviet Central Asia. The endangered and threatened languages of the region belong to a number of different language families, including Turkic, Iranian, Semitic among others.

See Map of Islamic Inner Asia (PDF)


Burushaski is a language isolate spoken in the Northern Areas region of Pakistan, primarily in communities throughout Hunza, Nagar, and Yasin valleys. There are approximately 50,000–80,000 speakers of Burushaski. The Hunza and Nagar varieties are very similar; both differ in a number of ways from Yasin Burushaski (also known as Werchikwar).

Read more about Burushaski linguistics (PDF)

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