Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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Yāilā
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(East. Turk, yailaḳ, from yai “summer” and the suffix laḳ) “summer encampment”, usually situated in the mountains, to which people resort to in order to avoid the heat of summer; opp. ḳis̲h̲lā (ḳis̲h̲laḳ, from ḳis̲h̲ “winter” and the suffix laḳ), “dwelling-place in winter” (whence in Osmanli Turkish the meaning “barracks”). When the hot summer days approach, the inhabitants of the villages take their cattle with them to the highlands (cf. the Swiss matten). When the ḳis̲h̲laḳ of Ad̲j̲wān near Tabrīz was left by its inhabitants who went to the yailaḳ of the Ḳara-Bag̲h̲, fire was put …

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Huart, Cl., “Yāilā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 22 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_6002>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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