Bādgīs or Badghís, is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. It is located in the northwest of the country, between the rivers Murgab and Hari Rud, extending north to the edge of the Sarakhs desert, its capital is Qal'eh-ye Now, another important city is Bālā Morġāb. It has an area of 20,590 km², which in terms of extension is similar to that of El Salvador. The province has a population mix of Aimakos, Uzbeks, Turkmen, Tajiks and Pashtuns and is counted as one of the most underdeveloped of the thirty-four provinces of the country. Bādgīs is home to what is said to have been the first Persian poet, Hanzala Badghisi.