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Uzbek, Northern in Turkmenistan

Uzbek, Northern

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
312,000 Uzbek, Northern Islam 0.20 % 0.00 %   

Uzbek, Northern in Turkmenistan

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Introduction / History
The Uzbeks are a mixture of Turkic tribes that have many Mongolian and Iranian traits. The term Uzbek, meaning "master of himself," accurately describes the people. Their love of freedom and sense of restlessness have often caused conflicts with the conquerors who have invaded their homeland, the west central Asian region known as Turkestan, throughout the centuries.

Conflicts in Turkestan began with the invasion of Alexander the Great in the fourth century, followed by the Arabs and Turks in the seventh and eighth centuries, and the Mongols, under Genghis Khan, in the thirteenth century. Tamerlane's conquest in the 1300s brought the last, and perhaps finest, period of culture and learning to the Uzbeks.

Turkestan entered a long period of decline in the 1500s. By the time the Russians invaded the area between 1860 and the mid-1880s, Turkestan had broken into several warring principalities. It was then that many Uzbeks dispersed throughout Central Asia.

What are their lives like?
The Uzbeks of Turkmenistan primarily live in the cities, mainly concentrated in the Tashauz and Charjow regions. In the rural areas, Uzbeks are often shepherds who live close to their flocks of sheep and herds of horses, cattle, camels, and goats.

Although farming and sheep herding are their traditional occupations, many of the modern Uzbeks in Turkmenistan make a living as merchants and craftsmen. The latter are usually skillful bazaar artisans (silver and goldsmiths, leather workers, woodcarvers, and rug makers).

Most of the Uzbeks, especially those in urban areas, have adopted European style clothing; some, however, still wear traditional dress. Uzbek women do much of the household work and handle many of the less skilled and manual jobs. They are often segregated from the men.

Although most of the Central Asian countries accepted Russian authority reluctantly, they became some of the most progressive of the soviet republics. During the 1930s, many peasant farmers were organized into large collective state farms. With the introduction of modern mechanized farming equipment, the farms soon became intensively cultivated. During World War II, some of these republics became the main arsenals for the Soviet war effort because it supplied the front with much needed food and equipment.

At the time under Soviet rule, Uzbeks faced intense pressure to "become Russian." Despite the forced collective farming and anti-religious campaigns, Uzbeks retain many elements of the classic Central Asian culture.

Uzbeki is a vital language for all of the former soviet central Asia. It is the language most understood and spoken by the greatest number of people. Uzbeki was transcribed into Arabic script in 1923, into Latin script in 1927, and replaced by Cyrillic in 1940.

What are their beliefs?
The majority of the Uzbeks are Sunni Muslims. There are also a few Shi'ite Muslims and various Sufi orders. The role of the numerous holy places of pilgrimage is less significant than in other territories of Central Asia where the tribal structures are still strong.

Pre-Islamic shamanism (belief that there is an unseen world of many gods, demons, and ancestral sprits) survives in an Islamic form. Today the shaman (priest or medicine man) is a practicing Muslim who combines shamanistic trances with reciting Islamic prayers, fasts, and other Islamic practices.

What are their needs?
Ministry among Muslims is difficult. Turkmenistan desperately needs prayer and additional workers.

Evangelistic materials are needed to effectively reach them with the Gospel.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of Uzbek Muslims towards Christians.
* Ask God to grant wisdom and favor to missions agencies that are focusing on the Uzbeks.
* Pray for effectiveness of the Jesus film and Christian Uzbeki language broadcasts.
* Ask the Lord to call additional people who are willing to share the Gospel in Turkmenistan.
* Ask the Lord to raise up missionaries who can effectively minister the Gospel to the Muslims and other Uzbeks.
* Pray for God to raise up strong local churches among the Uzbeks.

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Country: Turkmenistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Central Asia
Persecution Rank:19 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:3
Location in Country:Dasoguz Province, near Dashhowuz; scattered elsewhere.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Uzbek, Northern
People Name General: Uzbek, Northern
Alternate People Names:
Northern UzbekOuzbek
OzbekUsbaki
UzbekUzbeki
Wuzibiekeउज़्बेक, नॉर्दर्न
ROP3 Code: 107469
Joshua Project People ID: 14039
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 312,000
Population all Countries: 28,998,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Uzbek
People Name General: Uzbek, Northern
Ethnic Code: MSY41l
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Language
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Primary Language: Uzbek, Northern (312,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): uzn    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.20 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam95.80 % 
Non-Religious4.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent13.00 %
Protestant37.00 %
Orthodox40.00 %
Other Christian9.00 %
Roman Catholic1.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1891-1992
New Testament:
1992-2010Audio
Complete Bible: 2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFire (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Uzbek, Northern
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoTie the Belt (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoTraditional Music Video (Indigitube.tv)
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Oʻzbekcha (Ўзбекча) - Uz ...
 
 
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