Äynu people

The Äynu (also Ainu, Abdal, and Aini) are an ethnic group native to the Xinjiang region of western China. There are estimated to be around 30,000 Äynu people, mostly located on the fringe of the Taklamakan Desert.[1]


The origins of the Äynu people are disputed. Some historians theorize that the ancestors of the Äynu were an Iranian-related nomadic people who came from Persia several hundred years ago or more,[2] while others conclude that the Persian vocabulary of the Äynu language is a result of Iranian languages being once the major trade languages of the region, or Persian traders intermarrying with local women.[3]


The Äynu people's native language is Äynu, a Turkic language with a strong influence from Persian.[1] Äynu is usually only spoken at home, while Uyghur is spoken in public, by Äynu men and women alike.


The Äynu people engage mostly in agriculture, although in the past some were peddlers, circumcisers, or beggars.[1]

There is a tradition of discrimination against the Äynu by their neighbors, who identify the Äynu as Abdal, a name which carries a derogatory meaning.[1] Intermarriage with their neighbors the Uyghur people is uncommon.[4] However, the Chinese government counts the Äynu people as Uyghur.[4]

The predominant religion of Äynu people is Sunni Islam. Äynu people experience discrimination by their Uyghur neighbors.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Johanson, Lars (2001). "Discoveries on the Turkic Linguistic Map" (PDF). 5. Stockholm: Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul: 21–22.
  2. ^ Safran, William (1998). Nationalism and Ethnoregional Identities in China. Routledge. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-7146-4921-4.
  3. ^ Matras, Yaron; Bakker, Peter (2003). The Mixed Language Debate: Theoretical and Empirical Advances. Walter de Gruyter. p. 9. ISBN 3-11-017776-5.
  4. ^ a b Gordon, Raymond G., Jr., ed. (2005). Ethnologue: Languages of the World (15th ed.). Dallas, Tex.: SIL International.
  5. ^ "Ainu in China". Joshua Project.

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Abdal (disambiguation)

Abdal may refer to:

Abdal, a rank of forty Sufi saints

Dervish, or Sufi ascetic

Abdal (caste), a Muslim community found in North India

Abdal, Azerbaijan, a village in Nagorno-Karabakh

Abdal, Punjab, a village in Amritsar Dist. of Indian state of Punjab

Abdal, Gurdaspur, Punjab, a village in Gurdaspur Dist. of Indian state of Punjab

Abdal, Iran, a village in Zanjan Province, Iran

Abdal, Nebraska, a ghost town in the United States

Qara Shemsi Abdal, a 19th-century Ottoman poet

Äynu people of Xinjiang region, China

Äynu language, the language of the Äynu


Ayni or Aini may refer to:

Aini, Maharashtra, a small village in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra state in Western India

Ayni District in Sughd Province, Tajikistan

Ayni, Ayni District, the capital of Ayni District in Tajikistan

Ayni, Varzob District, a town in Varzob district, Tajikistan

Farkhor Air Base, aka Ayni Air Base, in Tajikistan

Lea Aini, Israeli author

Sadriddin Aini, Tajik writer

Artocarpus hirsutus, a tropical evergreen tree

Äynu people, a people from the Xinjiang region of western China

Äynu language, the language of the Äynu

Áine, an Irish goddess

Ayni, a form of communal work in the Andes


Ainu or Aynu may refer to:

Ainu people, of Japan and Siberia

Ainu language of Japan and Siberia

Ainu music

Ainu cuisine

Ainur (Middle-earth), primordial spirits in Tolkien's legendarium

Äynu people, of Western China

Äynu language


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Äynu may refer to:

the Äynu people

the Äynu language

Äynu language

Äynu (also Aini, Ejnu, Abdal) is a Turkic cryptolect spoken in western China known in various spelling as Aini, Aynu, Ainu, Eyni or by the Uyghur Abdal (ئابدال), in Russian sources Эйну́, Айну, Абдал, by the Chinese as Ainu. Some linguists call it a mixed language, having a mostly Turkic grammar, essentially Yugur (close to Uyghur), but a mainly Iranian vocabulary. Other linguists argue that it does not meet the technical requirements of a mixed language. It is spoken by the Äynu, a nomadic people. The Äynu people call their language Äynú (ئەينۇ) [ɛjˈnu].

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