|Durrani dynasty سلسله درانیان|
|Founder||Ahmad Shah Durrani|
|Titles||Amir, Padishah, Sultan|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Persian, Pashto, Balochi|
|Predominantly Sunni Islam|
|History of Afghanistan|
|History of India|
The Durrani dynasty (Persian: سلسله درانیان) (Pashto: د درانيانو کورنۍ) was founded in 1747 by Ahmad Shah Durrani at Kandahar, Afghanistan. He united the different Pashtun tribes and created the Durrani Empire with his Baloch allies, which at its peak included the modern-day Afghanistan, Pakistan, as well as some parts of northeastern Iran, eastern Turkmenistan, and northwestern India including the Kashmir region. The Durranis were replaced by the Barakzai dynasty during the early half of the 19th century.
Ahmad Shah and his descendants were from the Popalzai line of the Durranis (formerly known as Abdalis), making them the second Pashtun rulers of Kandahar after the Hotak dynasty. The Durranis were very notable in the second half of the 18th century mainly due to the leadership of Ahmad Shah Durrani.