Dawlatabad District

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Location within Afghanistan [1]
Coordinates: 37°03′36″N66°48′00″E / 37.06000°N 66.80000°E / 37.06000; 66.80000 Coordinates: 37°03′36″N66°48′00″E / 37.06000°N 66.80000°E / 37.06000; 66.80000
Country Flag of Taliban.svg Afghanistan
Province Balkh Province
Seat Dowlatabad
Time zone UTC+04:30 (Afghanistan Time)

Dawlatabad District (Pashto and Persian : دولت‌آباد) is a landlocked district, located in the northwestern part of Balkh province, in northern Afghanistan. The population is 101,900 people. [2] The capital is the village of Dowlatabad (Pop: 12,400) at 298 m height above the sea level.


Major ethnic groups in this district are Uzbek, Turkmen, Tajik, Hazara, Pashtun, and Arab.


In the 12th century, the region was missed by Genghis Khan and the invading Mongols. [3]

Archaeology has taken place in the district, including works by the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan (DAFA). [4]

On 14 March 2020, the Ministry of Public Health announced that district had their first positive case of coronavirus disease in Balkh province, during the 2019-COVID-19 pandemic and outbreak in Afghanistan. The 23-year-old patient had fled Bo Ali Sina Hospital after testing positive. [5]

Uzbek "Timur" amulet made of copper Schowek na amulet-naszyjnik (,,tumor"), miedziany, uzytkowany przez Uzbekow - Dawlatabad - 001364n.jpg
Uzbek "Timur" amulet made of copper
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Case for the amulet


The Zadian Minaret, a sun-baked clay minaret built by the Seljuks in the 12th century, is located in Zadian village. [6] [7] [8] [9] There is also a central market in Dowlatabad.

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Grain bazaar pictured in 1976
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Zadian Minaret in 1976


The district consists of 52 villages located around the center of the district.

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