are an ethnic group of Georgian
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descent, living in northwestern Azerbaijan
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. Ingiloys speak Ingiloy dialect of Georgian language
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states that Ingiloys are an aleternative name to Muslim
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Georgians. By religion, Ingiloys are divided to Christians and Sunni Muslims. Muslim Ingiloys identify themselves as Azerbaijani
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, Christian Ingiloys identify themselves as Georgians.
Muslim Ingiloys live in Balakan and Zaqatala rayons, Christian Ingiloys live in Qakh Rayon. The majority of Muslim Ingiloys live in Aliabad and Mosul
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villages of Zaqatala rayon and İtitala
İtitala is a village and municipality in the Balakan Rayon of Azerbaijan. It has a population of 2,115....
of Balakan rayon and Christian Ingiloys in Qax İngiloy
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, Böyük Alatəmir, Qaxbaş
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, Əlibəyli, Meşəbaş, Zəyəm, Xələftala, Qarameşə, Qımır of Qakh rayon.
As a result of missionary activities of the Orthodox Christianity Restoration Society, Ingiloys converted to Christianity in 1860, creating 12 laities
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, but in 1863, 9 of them converted back to Islam. In 1892, 62 converted to Christianity.
Dynamics of Georgian population increases in Azerbaijan
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In the village Əlibəyli, there is Qakh State Georgian Drama Theatre. In 2009, documentary called "Ingiloys", dedicated to history, culture, traditions of this ethnic group was filmed in Azerbaijanfilm
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