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Herat (هرات)
Country Afghanistan
Capital Herat
 - coordinates 34°00′N 62°00′E / 34.0°N 62.0°E / 34.0; 62.0
Area 54,778 km² (21,150 sq mi)
Population 1,762,157
Timezone UTC+4:30
Main language Dari (Persian)

Herat (Persian/Pashto: هرات) is one the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the south-western region of the country. The main city and capital is named Herat.

The region of Herat used to be part of Greater Khorasan. It was ruled by the Tahirids followed by the Saffarids, Samanids, Ghaznavids, Ghurids, Ilkhanates, Timurids, and Saffavids. In the early-18th century it became part of the Afghan Hotaki dynasty followed by the Durrani Empire.


There are about 1,762,157 people living in Herat Province.

Population by districts

There are 16 districts within the province. These are listed in the table below.

Herat districts
Districts of Herat
Districts of Herat Province
District Capital Population (2006) Area
Adraskan 56,193
Chishti Sharif 25,428
Farsi 28,252
Ghoryan 90,201
Gulran 106,983
Guzara 135,187
Herat (Capital) 397,456
Injil 224,607
Karukh 58,594
Kohsan 57,782
Kushk 133,446
Kushki Kuhna 41,642
Obe 75,175
Pashtun Zarghun 90,817
Shindand 185,418
Zinda Jan 54,976


Football (soccer) is the popular sport in Herat Province. Cricket is also getting popular.

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