Babadaýhan District

Babadaýhan District
Kirov, (Cyrillic Киров) ????-1992
Babadaýhan etraby
Cyrillic Бабадайхан этрабы
Coordinates: 37°41′31″N 60°23′36″E / 37.69194°N 60.39333°E / 37.69194; 60.39333
Country Turkmenistan
ProvinceAhal Province
 • häkimMuhammetmyrat Amangeldiýewiç Garaýew[1]
Time zoneUTC+5

Babadaýhan District (Turkmen: Babadaýhan etraby, Бабадайхан этрабы) is a district of Ahal Province, Turkmenistan.[2][3] From the Soviet period until 1992, the settlement was named in honor of Sergei Kirov. On 26 June 1992, by Parliamentary Resolution No. 729-XII, Kirov District and its capital were renamed Babadaýhan.

The name Babadaýhan is the Turkmenized form of the Persian name Bābā-Dihqān (بابادهقان), which eans “Forefather Farmer”, a mythological and ritual character whose cult has been reported in agrarian communities of mountainous and lowland Tajikistan, North Afghanistan and adjacent rural areas of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan.[4] As an Iranian mythological figure, Bābā-ye Dehqān is believed to be the first man and the first farmer who taught his profession to mankind through a chain of his successors.[5]


  1. ^ "Ahal welaýat häkimligi / Habarlaşmak üçin". Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  2. ^ Ахалский Велаят Archived 2008-09-13 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Turkmenistan Districts
  4. ^ Krasnowolska, Anna: BĀBĀ-YE DEHQĀN, in Encyclopaedia Iranica, 2009.
  5. ^ Krasnowolska, Anna: BĀBĀ-YE DEHQĀN, in Encyclopaedia Iranica, 2009.
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