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Turk, Meskhetian in Uzbekistan

Turk, Meskhetian

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,100 Uzbek, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Turk, Meskhetian in Uzbekistan

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Introduction / History
The Meskhetian Turks are a Turkish people originally from a part of southern Georgia that borders Turkey. They are named after a province called Meskheti. Though nomadic Turkic tribes had long since settled in Meskheti, it was the Turkish military expedition of 1578 that led to these people being thought of as a separate people group.

Under Josef Stalin's policies during the time of the Soviet Union, the Meskhetian Turks were forcefully deported to Central Asia, where they experienced discrimination and civil rights abuses. When they were finally permitted to return to their homeland, Georgia did not allow them to resettle there. Most are scattered today.

Where are they located?
Today these people live in several countries, including Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, with the largest population in Russia. A few live in Ohio, a state in the US.

What are their lives like?
Meskhetian Turks in Uzbekistan are often farmers or herders. Those who live in cities tend to be shop owners. There have been pogroms in Uzbekistan against the Meskhetian Turks; the most recent one being in 1989. When local nationalism is stirred up and jealousies arise, sometimes there is violence against the Meskhetian Turks, who tend to be relatively prosperous because of their strong work ethic. They sometimes pretend to be Uzbeks to avoid possible persecution.

What are their beliefs?
They are Muslim, but many of their traditions contain a mixture of Muslim, Caucasian, and Russian elements.

What are their needs?
If ever a people have needed the powerful love of Jesus to encourage, comfort, and bless, it would be the Meskhetian Turks.

Prayer Points
* Pray that representatives of Jesus' love and grace would recognize the 'people of peace' (Luke 10:6) among the Meskhetian Turks and build many relationships into culture through them.
* Pray for breakthroughs for Jesus in whole family circles and clans.
* Pray for a huge disciple making movement to break out among the Meskhetian Turks wherever they live.


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Country: Uzbekistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Central Asia
Persecution Rank:16 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Turk, Meskhetian
People Name General: Turk, Meskhetian
ROP3 Code: 115687
Joshua Project People ID: 20631
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,100
Population all Countries: 178,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Turkish
People Name General: Turk, Meskhetian
Ethnic Code: MSY41j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Uzbek, Northern (1,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): uzn    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1891-1992
New Testament:
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 ...
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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 (
Film / VideoTie the Belt (
Film / VideoTraditional Music Video (
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Oʻzbekcha (Ўзбекча) - Uz ...
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Turk, Meskhetian in Uzbekistan

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People Cluster
    Turkish     Central Asia    
      Turk, Meskhetian Uzbekistan    
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