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Tajik in Kazakhstan

Tajik

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
31,000 Tajiki Islam 0.40 % 0.10 %   

Tajik in Kazakhstan

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Introduction / History
The Tajik are one of the major people groups of Central Asia. While the majority live in Tajikistan, there are significant communities in most of the other Central Asian republics, including neighboring Uzbekistan, Kazakstan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

The Tajik have repeatedly been invaded and conquered throughout their history. The armies of Alexander the Great, the Arabs in the seventh century, Genghis Khan, the Turks, the British, and the Russian empire have all had a profound impact on these people. In fact, the numerous invasions have been the major factor in the dispersion of the Tajik to other locations.

The term "Tajik" comes from the word taj, which means "crown." This name was probably first used by the seventh century Arabs to differentiate the Persian (Tajiki) speakers from the Turkic speakers.

What are their lives like?
Most of the Tajik are mountain farmers and shepherds. Seasonal grasses create suitable pastures for raising sheep, goats, cattle, a few camels, and some horses. They also practice a remarkable system of terraced, mountainside irrigation so that wheat and barley can be grown at the higher, dry altitudes.

More and more of the Tajik have moved to the cities over the past fifty years. Most families farm during the summer period, then return to the cities for the remainder of the year. This has resulted in an unstable work force throughout the region.

A majority of the urban Tajik live in governmental housing. The rural Tajik live instead in village communities located on non-farmable, rocky land. There they build low, square or rectangular houses out of unbaked mud. Pressed mud bricks made with stone are used for the foundations. Flat roofs are made of tightly packed earth and twigs, and are supported by mat covered beams.

Women wear colorful national costumes with printed cottons and silks accented by flowered head scarves. They rarely wear veils; however, they do wear chaddors, which are multi-purpose shawls. The men wear shirts and trousers, sometimes with quilted robes and belts. They also wear embroidered skull caps, and some wear turbans or fur hats during the cold mountain winters. The upper class and city dwellers tend to wear European style clothing.

Green tea is served with most meals. Bread is a staple food, and the Tajik bake bread out of anything that can be ground into flour, including a variety of peas and mulberries. They also eat starchy foods, rice, grapes, dried fruits, chicken, lamb, and vegetable dishes.

Tajik society is patriarchal, meaning that the authority belongs to the oldest males of the extended family. Inheritances are passed down through the males, and after marriage, a new bride moves in with the husband's family. Traditionally, marriages were arranged by the family. Today, however, most Tajik are free to choose their own mates.

Villages and communities are ruled by a majlis, or council, made up of the male leaders of prominent families. A chief is elected from among the council. The "kinship structure" is still dominant in social and political spheres of life. The Tajik live in tight-knit communities and are a very hospitable people.

What are their beliefs?
Most Tajik are Sunni Muslims of the Hanafite branch, although some Shi'ites exist. Approximately one-tenth of the Tajik are classified as non-religious. This has probably been a result of Russian atheistic pressure.

What are their needs?
Various evangelistic resource materials, such as the Jesus film and the Bible, are already available in the Tajiki language. However, the people have remained closed to the Gospel. Although there are a few hundred Tajik believers in Tajikistan, there are no known Tajik Christians in Kazakstan.

Prayer Points
* Ask God to grant wisdom and favor to any missions agencies currently focusing on the Tajik of Kazakstan.
* Pray for the effectiveness of the Jesus film among the Tajik.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to anoint the Gospel as it goes forth via television and radio in the Tajiki language.
* Pray that God will open the hearts of Kazakstan's governmental leaders to the Gospel.
* Pray that God will call out prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Tajik.

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The Tajiks of Central Asia
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Country: Kazakhstan
Continent: Asia
Region: Central Asia
Persecution Rank:43 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Southeast, possibly scattered; most likely in Ongtusik Qazaqstan, Zhambyl, Amaty, and Shyghys Qazaqstan regions.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tajik
People Name General: Tajik
Alternate People Names:
TadzhikTadzhiki
ताजिक
ROP3 Code: 109733
Joshua Project People ID: 15201
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 31,000
Population all Countries: 8,882,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Tajik
People Name General: Tajik
Ethnic Code: CNT24g
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Language
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Primary Language: Tajiki (31,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tgk    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.40 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam94.60 % 
Non-Religious5.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent1.00 %
Protestant11.00 %
Orthodox86.00 %
Other Christian1.00 %
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: 1981
New Testament:
1983Audio
Complete Bible: 1992
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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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 / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tajiki
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Хушхабар
 
 
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Tajik in Kazakhstan

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