The "Yurt" in Ottoman and Kyrgyz Nomads

Ozunlu E. E.

BILIG, no.71, pp.169-178, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 71
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Title of Journal : BILIG
  • Page Numbers: pp.169-178


The term yurt, which means the living space allocated to nomadic groups in the Ottoman Empire, is closely related with the word curt, which is currently used by many Central Asian nomadic groups and by the Kyrgyz nomads in particular. Among the Kyrgyz people the term curt means both "the settlement place of the group in summer pasture" and "the place where the nomadic tents are set up." Later on, this term acquired a broader meaning signifying "the people, nation, country and homeland". This article makes a comparative explanation of how the term "yurt" was used among the Ottoman and Kyrgyz nomads within the context of historical processes.