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List of Afghan Americans

This is a list of notable Afghan Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants. This list generally excludes Ethnic Pashtuns and South Asian Muslims of Pashtun ancestry as they originate outside Afghanistan's borders.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Afghan American or must have independent references showing they are Afghan American and are notable. Pashtun ancestry will not count if the person came legally outside Afghanistan's territory at the time of their origin.

This list excludes Ethnic Pashtuns or South Asian Muslims of Pashtun ancestry that happen to be in America but originate outside Afghanistan's official borders. This is because of territorial changes in Afghanistan where substantial Pashtun regions were lost from Afghanistan. The definition Afghan therefore no longer applies to Pashtun people outside Afghanistan, conversely, Pathan is another term used upon Ethnic Pashtuns. For Ethnic Pashtuns, see :Pashtun diaspora. Pathans or Pashtuns outside Afghanistan's then regions are excluded from Afghans with a few exceptions.

List of notable Afghan Americans

  • Najibullah Zazi – author
  • Sonia Nassery Cole – activist, director, writer, and producer
  • Qais Essar – afghan musician, songwriter
  • Adib Farhadi – Assistant Professor at University of South Florida and Coordinator of USF's Executive Education Program and former Afghanistan Deputy Minister of Commerce.
  • Mariam Ghani – multi-media artist, photographer, filmmaker, social activist
  • Nadia Hashimi – pediatrician, novelist, and a Democratic congressional candidate for the United States House of Representatives for Maryland's 6th congressional district
  • Nake M. Kamrany – professor at the University of Southern California and economist
  • Mahaley Manning – actress, singer, songwriter
  • Aman Mojadidi – artist
  • Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani – politician
  • Noor Wodjouatt – musician and television producer
  • Bahari Ibaadat - model
  • Farid Zoland - Musician, Composer, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer
  • Sonita Alizadeh - rapper and activist
  • Leena Alam - actress, social activist
  • Masuda Sultan - entrepreneur, international human rights advocate
  • Zakia Kohzad - TV News Anchor
  • Hafizullah Emadi - development consultant for Focus Humanitarian Assistance
  • Shaesta Waiz - pilot and the first female certified civilian pilot from Afghanistan, and the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft
  • Sameer Asad Gardezi - screenwriter and television writer
  • Mark S. Humayun - ophthalmologist, engineer, scientist, inventor and academic
  • Aisha Wahab – first Elected Afghan American Council Woman in the USA. Hayward, CA

See also


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