List of Afghan Americans
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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
- Stephen J. Townsend - American four-star general of Afghan and German descent, commanding general of U.S. forces during the War on ISIS / Operation Inherent Resolve
- Ehsan Aman – Afghan singer
- Tamim Ansary – author
- Zohra Daoud – Miss Afghanistan 1974
- Farhad Darya – Afghan singer
- Qader Eshpari – Afghan singer
- Azita Ghanizada – actress and TV host
- Abdul W. Haqiqi – economist
- Khaled Hosseini – author of three books, including the Kite Runner
- Ali Ahmad Jalali – Distinguished Professor at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
- Zalmay Khalilzad – United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2007 to 2009
- Wallace Fard Muhammad – founder of the Nation of Islam, mentor of Elijah Muhammad
- Naim Popal – Afghan singer
- Ahmad Khan Rahami – Afghan Singer
- Haidar Salim – Afghan singer
- Nazif Shahrani – Professor of anthropology at Indiana University
- Nabil Miskinyar – television anchor
- Fariba Nawa – journalist
- Vida Samadzai – Beauty for a Cause of Miss Earth 2003
- Jawed Wassel – filmmaker
- Mariam Wafa – Afghan singer
- Najibullah Zazi – Author