Tajiks comprise about 80 percent of the population of Tajikistan. Tajiks also live in several other countries in Central Asia. Tajiks primarily live in rural areas. Commercialized growing of cotton is the dominant agricultural activity. Tajiks are Sunni Muslims. The dialect of Farsi that the Tajiks speak is mutually intelligible with Persian of Iran and Dari of Afghanistan.
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The Tajiks file consists only of this culture summary. This is a revised (2001 by Eden Naby) version of the article originally published in: Encyclopedia of World Cultures, Vol. 6, Russia and Eurasia/China, 1994. Paul Friedrich and Norma Diamond, eds. Boston, Mass.: G. K. Hall & Co.