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Mandaean in Iran

Mandaean

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
23,000 Mandaic Other / Small 2.00 % 0.00 % Not available Not available   

Mandaean in Iran

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Introduction / History
Sabeans are perhaps the remnant of the Essen community (who wrote the dead sea scrolls) after it was destroyed in 70 AD. They fled eastward and took up residence along the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers where their communities flourished. Several hundred years ago, their customs were recorded in their holy book, "Kenz irRabba" [the great treasure], which reads from both covers to the middle [you start at one cover and read to the middle, and then you turn it over and start from the other cover and read to the middle].

Where are they located?
They are located in Iraq along the banks of the major rivers, but lived mostly among the Marsh Arabs for centuries. They have large communities in Sweden, Australia, Canada and the USA (especially in Worchester, MA).

What are their lives like?
They were the gold smiths of Iraq, so they became targets of kidnapping and extortion by the radical Muslims after the fall of Saddam. They have lost a large part of their community due to the violence in Iraq.

What are their beliefs?
They build their worship centers on the banks of rivers and canals and divert part of the flow to come through their building into a pool and flow out the other end back to the river. This helps them perform multiple baptisms in "living water" [i.e. flowing water]. Baptism is the most important part of their religion, besides observing the festive calendar.

They have a large and small Eid [i.e. holiday] like their Muslim neighbors, one in the spring and another in the summer. They have elaborate death rituals including giving a new name to the deceased to assist them entering the "world of light." Angels also play a large role in the community life of Sabeans.

What are their needs?
They need political safety in Iraq since they are targets of annihilation.

Prayer Points
* Christian witness in the lands of their Diaspora.
* Wisdom for the many refugees stuck in Jordan and Syria who are not accepted for UNHCR relocation.
* Pray for the few known believers in the USA, Germany and Jordan.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-11-24
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-11-19
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Country: Iran
Continent: Asia
Region: Central Asia
Persecution Rank:8 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Khuzestan Province; Hoveiseh, other towns.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Mandaean
People Name General: Mandeaen
Alternate People Names:
Sabbehi
ROP3 Code: 106221
Joshua Project People ID: 13483
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 23,000
Population all Countries: 44,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Assyrian / Aramaic
People Name General: Mandeaen
Ethnic Code: CMT31
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Language
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Primary Language: Mandaic
Language Code (ISO): mid    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spok (Unknown)Persian, Iranian (Unknown)
Total Languages: 3
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small98.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant15.00 %
Orthodox70.00 %
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
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
 
 
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Mandaean in Iran

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