For another meaning, see Yaylak. For settlements in Armenia and Azerbaijan, see Qışlaq. For settlements in Iran, see Qeshlaq.
A kishlak near Samarkand of early 1900s

Kishlak or qishlaq (Uzbek: qishloq, Turkmen: gyşlag, Turkish: kışlak, Azerbaijani: qışlaq, Persian: قشلاق), or qıştaq (Kyrgyz: кыштак) is a rural settlement of semi-nomadic Turkic peoples of Central Asia and Azerbaijan. The meaning of the term is "wintering place" in Turkic languages (derives from Turkic qış - winter).[1]

Traditionally, a clay/mud fence (dewal, duval) surrounds a kishlak.

The term may be seen in the toponyms, such as Afgan-Kishlak (Uzbekistan), Yangi-Kishlak (Turkmenistan), Qışlaq (Azerbaijan) or Qeshlaq in Iran (such as Qeshlaq, Qareh Qeshlaq, and Qeshlaq Khas).

See also


  1. "Kishlak", Encyclopedia of Central Asia

Coordinates: 30°33′50″N 53°01′25″E / 30.56389°N 53.02361°E / 30.56389; 53.02361

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