Aghuls

Aghuls

Aghuls are a people in Dagestan, Russia. The Aghul language belongs to the Lezgian language family.

About Aghuls

Aghuls (Agul: agular, Russian: aguly or agulcy) are a people in Dagestan, Russia. According to the 2002 census, there were 28,297 Aguls in Russia (7,000 in 1959). The Aghul language belongs to the Lezgian language family, a group of the Northeast Caucasian family. Ethnically, the Aguls are close to the Lezgins. There are four groups of the Agul people, who live in four different gorges: Aguldere, Kurakhdere, Khushandere, and Khpyukdere. Like their neighbors the Kaitaks, the Aghuls were converted to Sunni Islam at a fairly early date, subsequent to the Arab conquest of the eighth century. Each Aghul village had a village council, on which each of the three or four tukhums were represented. The council was headed by an elder. The village mullah and qadi also played an important role in local affairs. In some cases the wealthier tukhums exerted a disproportionate strong influence on village government.

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