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Chamalal people

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Chamalal people

Total population
about 5000 (1999)
Regions with significant populations

The Chamalals are an indigenous people of Dagestan, Russia living in a few villages in the Tsumada District on the left bank of the Andi-Koisu river. They have their own language, Chamalal, and primarily follow Sunni Islam, which reached the Chamalal people around the 8th or 9th century. There are about 5,000 ethnic Chamalals (1999, Kubrik).[1] They are culturally similar to the Avars.

Neighboring peoples are the Godoberi, Avars, Bagvalals, and Tindis.


  1. ^ Ethnologue report for Chamalal

General reference

  • The peoples of the Red Book: Chamalals

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