Lak (tribe)

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Lak or Laki (Kurdish: Lek ,لەک‎)[3][4] is a Kurdish[5][6] tribe[2] native to southwestern Iran. They speak Laki, which is considered a Kurdish dialect[2][7][8][9][10][11] by most linguists.[12]

Total population
c. 2.5 million (est. 2000)
Regions with significant populations
Western Iran:
  1,160,000[1] to 2,000,000,[2] Iraq[2]
Mostly Shi'a Islam, a Yarsanism minority

Laks inhabit a large part of Lorestan Province where they constitute over 65% of the population[2] and most of the eastern regions of the neighboring province of Kermanshah, and some parts of western Ilam province (Poshte-Kuhi Laks). The area to the east of Mount Kabir is known as Pishe-Kuh, and west of the mountain is known as Poshte-Kuh.


Vladimir Minorsky, who wrote the entry "Lak" in the first edition of the Encyclopaedia of Islam, referred to the Lak as "the most southern group of Kurd tribes in Persia" and stated that their language has the characteristics of Kurdish. Some of the Lak tribes living in Lorestān Province live among Lur tribes, and have assimilated over time toward a Lur identity. Although, Minorsky quotes some evidence indicating that they were brought there from further north. He mentions that they are often confused with the Lurs, whom they resemble from an ethnic and somatic point of view, but are different.[6]


The Zand dynasty who ruled parts of southwestern Iran was of Laki origin (from the Zand tribe).[13] According to the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Islam, the Zands "were a branch of the Laks, a subgroup of the northern Lurs, who spoke Luri, a Western Iranian language".[14] Similarly, according to the second edition of the Encyclopaedia of Islam, the Zands "belonged to the Lakk group of Lurs".[15] According to The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, likewise, the Zand tribe "spoke the Lakk dialect of the Lur language".[16]

Lak sub-tribes

List of Lak sub-tribes:[17]

  • Adinevand
  • Ahmedvand
  • Amraei
  • Azadbakht
  • Baharvand
  • Balvand
  • Beiranvand
  • Bijanvand
  • Chahardoli
  • Dalvand
  • Dinarvand
  • Fouladvand
  • Geravand
  • Ghiasvand
  • Hassanvand
  • Itivand
  • Jalalvand
  • Jalilvand
  • Kakavand
  • Kamalvand
  • Khalvand
  • Kolivand
  • Koushki
  • Kushvand
  • Mafivand
  • Mirvand
  • Mumiavand
  • Musavand
  • Nurali
  • Osmanvand
  • Padarvand
  • Papi
  • Payeravand
  • Rizavand
  • Romanvand
  • Sagvand
  • Shahivand
  • Şêxbizin
  • Tarkhan
  • Torkashvand
  • Yousefvand
  • Zand tribe
  • Zola

Notable Lak people


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  3. ^ ""بێڕێزیكردن بە كوردانی لەك" كاردانەوەی تووندی لێكەوتەوە". Rûdaw (in Kurdish). 30 July 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Radyoya Lekî li Kirmaşanê; Îran li çi digere?". Rûdaw (in Kurdish). 9 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
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  13. ^ Zand dynasty
  14. ^ Tucker, Ernest (2020). "Karīm Khān Zand". In Fleet, Kate; Krämer, Gudrun; Matringe, Denis; Nawas, John; Rowson, Everett (eds.). Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE. Brill Online. ISSN 1873-9830.
  15. ^ Perry, J.R. (2002). "Zand". In Bearman, P. J.; Bianquis, Th.; Bosworth, C. E.; van Donzel, E. & Heinrichs, W. P. (eds.). The Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition, Volume XI: W–Z. Leiden: E. J. Brill. ISBN 978-90-04-12756-2.
  16. ^ Frye, Richard N. (2009). "Zand Dynasty". In Esposito, John L. (ed.). The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-530513-5.
  17. ^ "تغییرات زیستی و اسمی قوم لک". Shahokhabar (in Persian). Archived from the original on 4 November 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2020.