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Shal is located in Iran
Coordinates: 35°53′54″N 49°46′20″E / 35.89833°N 49.77222°E / 35.89833; 49.77222Coordinates: 35°53′54″N 49°46′20″E / 35.89833°N 49.77222°E / 35.89833; 49.77222
Country  Iran
Province Qazvin
County Buin Zahra
Bakhsh Shal
Population (2006)
 • Total 15,104
Time zone IRST (UTC+3:30)
 • Summer (DST) IDST (UTC+4:30)
Shal at GEOnet Names Server
Ruins near Kheyrabad, Shal

Shal (Persian: شال‎) (Tati: چال, Čâl)[1] is a city and capital of Shal District, in Buin Zahra County, Qazvin Province, Iran. At the 2006 census its population was 15,104, in 3,348 families,[2] the language of the people in the Shal is Tati.[3][4][5][6] Traditionally, the inhabitants have been employed in agriculture and farming. Grapes, which are processed to sun-dried raisins, are the main agricultural product. Also farming and sheep keeping have been a very important income source for the people in this region. Especially, Shal sheep are very famous among Iranian farmers. However, sheep farming and the cultivation of grapes have lost importance compared to brick production.


  1. ^ Shal can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3084351" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
  2. ^ "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)". Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original (Excel) on 2011-11-11. 
  3. ^ The Tati dialects in the Sociolinguistic Context of Northwestern Iran and Transcaucasia, Stilo, D. 1981: In: Iranian Studies 14.3/4, 137-187.
  4. ^ A Grammar of Southern Tati Dialects, Ehsan Yar-Shater, 1969.
  5. ^ Tats of Iran and Caucasus, Ali Abdoli, 2010.
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