About 99 percent of the people of Afghanistan are Muslims, of whom
some three-fourths are members of the Sunnite sect (Hanafi branch).
The others, particularly the Hazaras, Kizilbash, and a few Isma'ilis,
follow Shi'ite Islam. The Nuristanis are descendants of a large
ethnic group, the Kafirs, who were forcibly converted to Islam in
1895; the name of their region was then changed from Kafiristan
("Land of the Infidels") to Nuristan ("Land of Light").
There are also a few thousand Hindus and Sikhs.
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