Fergana Oblast

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The Fergana Oblast (Russian: Ферганская область) was an oblast (province) of the Russian Empire. It roughly corresponded to most of present-day Fergana Valley. It was created out of the territories of the former Khanate of Kokand (except for the oblasts of Syr-Darya Oblast and Semirechye Oblast, which were part of the khanate before Russian conquest between 1853 and 1865). Its administrative center was the city of Kokand.

Administrative division

As of 1897, the Fergana Oblast was divided into 5 uyezds:

Uyezd Uyezd city (pop.) Area,
sq versta
Population[1]
Margelan Novy Margelan (8,928) 14069.1 321,860
Andizhan Andizhan (47,627) 13333.2 360,267
Kokand Kokand (81,354) 13212.6 364,658
Namangan Namangan (62,017) 15273.4 363,789
Osh Osh (34,157) 65252.7 161,640

Demographics

As of 1897, 1,572,214 people populated the oblast. Turkic speaking Sarts (Today called Uzbeks) constituted the majority of the population. Significant minorities consisted of Kyrgyz and Tajiks. Total Turkic speaking were 1.439,989 (91,6% of the total population of the oblast).

Ethnic groups in 1897[2]

TOTAL 1,572,214 100%
Sarts 788,989 50,2%
Unspecified Turkic dialects 261,234 16,6%
Kyrgyz 201,579 12,8%
Uzbeks 153,780 9,8%
Tajiks 114,081 7,3%
Uyghurs 14,915 0,9%
Karakalpaks 11,056 0,7%
Russians 8,140 0,5%
Kipchak 7,584 0,5%
Jews 1,378 ...

References

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