5,300 (2008 D. Beyer and S. Beck). Very few monolinguals. Ethnic population: 5,300.
Northeastern Afghanistan, Badakhshan Province, Kuran wa Munjan district, in the Munjan and Mamalgha valleys.
6a (Vigorous). Statutory language of provincial identity in Badakhshan Province (2004, Constitution, Article 16(2)).
Northern Munji, Southern Munji. Northern Munji and Southern Munji are mutually intelligible. The differences are found mostly in regular sound changes and some lexical items. Lexical similarity: 68% among dialects, 56%–80% with Yidgha [ydg] in Pakistan.
Speakers view it as their secret language, and they perceive it as an advantage to have a language that is not commonly understood by outsiders. Home, community, at school. All ages. Positive attitudes. Nearly all adults also speak Dari [prs].
Arabic script [Arab], in development.
Little contact with Yidgha [ydg]. Muslim (Ismaili).