, Arabised form of Persian Kūfičīs, a people inhabiting south eastern Persia, more exactly the Kirmān-western Balūčistān region, in early mediaeval Islamic times. The name, literally “mountain dwellers”, probably stems ultimately from O. Pers.
ākaufačiya — (< O. Pers.
kaufa- “mountain”), the name of a people in the Daiva inscription of Xerxes, who are mentioned together with the
mačiya “men of Maka” (= Makrān, the coastal region of Balūčistān?), via N. Pers.
kūfič (cf. R. G. Kent,
lexicon 2, New Haven 1953, 151, 165). In early Islamic sour…