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Map of the Kingdom of Caboul, published in 1838 by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. The name Caboul was attributed to most of current territories of Afghanistan.

Kabulistan (Pashto/Persian: کابلستان‎) is a historical regional name referring to the territory that is centered on present-day Kabul Province of Afghanistan.[1][2] It included the land as far as Peshawar and Swabi in what is now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. South of Kabulistan was the region of Afghanistan (Pashtunistan) and to the northwest was Khorasan.[3]

In many Greek and Latin sources, particularly editions of Ptolemy's Geography, the name of the region is given as Cabolitae (Καβολῖται). European writers in the 18th to the 20th centuries sometimes referred to Durrani Empire as the Kingdom of Caboul.[4]

The earliest rulers of Kabulistan were the Kabul Shahis, who ruled the region between 565 and 879 AD. Kabul Shahis had built a defensive wall around the city of Kabul to protect it against invaders, but despite that, they were conquered by the Saffarids of Zaranj.[5] The remains of these walls are still visible over the mountains which are located inside Kabul city.

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  2. ^ Section 14 – The Kingdom of Gaofu (Kabul)
  3. ^ Ibn Battuta (2004). Travels in Asia and Africa, 1325–1354 (reprint, illustrated ed.). Routledge. p. 177. ISBN 0-415-34473-5. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  4. ^ "History of Afghanistan, from the Earliest Period to the Outbreak of the War of 1878", p.2, George Bruce Malleson, Elibron Classics Series, 2005 Adament Media Corporation, LINK
  5. ^ Kohzad, Ahmad Ali, "Kabul Shāhāni Berahmanī", 1944, Kabul