Khinalug, Ketsh Khalkh in Azerbaijan

Joshua Project has identified the Khinalug only in Azerbaijan






Largest Religion

Main Language


The Xinaliq

Introduction / History

The Khinalug people have lived for many centuries in one village situated high in the mountains of Azerbaijan, near the Sahdag peak in the Quba district. Xinaliq village is located seventy km by road southwest of Quba town. It is the highest populated location in Azerbaijan, reaching an elevation of 2,500 m above sea level.

Houses in the village are constructed of stone, with traditional flat earth-and-timber roofs which form terraces reached by wooden ladders from below or from the connecting streets above. Xinaliq village is famous for its unique language, which is native to no other location.

The population figures cited by officials and other individuals suggest that the current Khinalug population of Azerbaijan is probably between 2,000 and 3,000. Everyone currently living in Xinaliq village is ethnically Khinalug, except for a few women.

The people of Xinaliq village are Sunni Muslim. The residents said that Islam plays an important role in the life of the village. For Khinalug, the most important purposes were family life, communication within the village, and gaining prestige among others in the village. A secondary purpose for Khinalug, especially among women, was religious activity. Men also felt Khinalug was important for making money. Khinalug was not considered to be at all important for obtaining news.

Profile Source:   Fariz Abasov  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-03-24
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People Name General Khinalug
People Name in Country Khinalug, Ketsh Khalkh
Population in Azerbaijan 2,300
World Population 2,300
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ketsh Khalkh
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Caucasus
People Name General Khinalug
Ethnic Code CEW17b
People ID 12660
Country Azerbaijan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 46  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Quba.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khinalugh (2,300)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Khinalugh 2,300
For Primary Language: Khinalugh

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Fariz Abasov  
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: Fariz Abasov  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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