The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
in Kazakh feudal society, a category of dependent peasants who raised cattle and cultivated the land. Legally, the sharua were not serfs, but they were subject to the corvée and had to make payments in kind.
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