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of the North Caucasus
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, mostly inhabiting the Russia
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n republic of Ingushetia
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. They refer to themselves as Ghalghai (галгай). The Ingush are predominantly Sunni Muslim
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s and speak the Ingush language
Ingush is a language spoken by about 413,000 people , known as the Ingush, across a region covering Ingushetia, Chechnya, Kazakhstan and Russia. In Ingush, the language is called ГІалгІай Ğalğaj .-Classification:...
. Despite popular misconceptions, Ingush is not mutually intelligible
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, though they are closely related. The Ingush and Chechen peoples are collectively known as the Vainakh.
The Ingush are predominantly Shāfi‘ī Madh'hab of Sunni Islam
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and there is some Sufi minority present.
"The Caucasus populations exhibit, on average, less variability than other populations for the eight Alu insertion poly-morphisms analysed here.