Agrzhan

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The Agrzhan(Russian: Агрыжанские татары) were a group of primarily Muslim merchants from India who operated in Astrakhan. In 1857 they numbered 107. Since then they have assimilated into the Astrakhan Tatar population.

At least some of the earliest Agrzhan were Hindus. They were closely connected with the Bukharan merchants in Astrakhan, and part of the trade network connecting Astrakhan with Bukhara and Iran before and after the Russian conquest of the city. Over time they all became Muslims. They retained special privileges, as well as the so-called Gilani Tatars, the Iranina trading community in the city, and with the cities Bukharan Tatars, until 1836.[1]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Allen J. Frank, Bukhara and the Muslims of Russia: Sufism, Education and the Paradox of Muslim Prestige (Brill), p. 50-52
  • Wixman, Ronald. The Peoples of the USSR: An Ethnographic Handbook. (Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe, Inc, 1984) p. 6