Tajik descent and Identity Question about Tajik descent(in English)
Posted 21 March 2011 - 10:35 PM
Is being Tajik paternal/patrilineal? and because my father's line is Tajik, am I also Tajik?
Posted 25 March 2011 - 03:32 PM
Welcome to the forum Harrgignos,
you rightfully question the situation of Sarikolis among Tajiks. My first and main answer is yes they are Tajiks and my second answer is no they aren´t Tajiks. They are Tajiks because they are from the same stock as all other Tajiks, too and have the same north-eastern Iranic and Tocharian ancestors as the rest of Tajiks such as Bactrians, Soghdians, Choresmians, Sacaes, Tocharians, Kushanas etc. and no they are not Tajiks by language, at least not modern Tajiks, since majority of Tajiks (85%) are native Persian-speakers. From their generical and ethnical background they are 100% Tajiks, just that they speak a very old Iranian language (Middle-Iranic, possibly a branch of Bactrian language). That´s why they have their own ''tribal'' name, ''Sarikol'' who speak Sarikoli. If the Sarikolis were originally Tocharians, Indo-eurpeaons of Kentum-group, a group close related to Germanspeakers, Romanic speakers, Latin, etc. they became Iranized through many centuries and in fact do nowhere differ from other Tajiks.
Yes, you are a Tajik. Only males can spread their gens, not women. Agha Khan is also known to be a Tajik or Iranian but all his maternal ancestors, from today to the 19th century where non-Iranians.
Posted 26 March 2011 - 07:44 PM
Read these articles about the Sarikoli Tajiks. look on Youtube for Sarikoli Tajiks.