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Shabak in Iraq



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
34,000 Shabak Islam 0.07 % 0.00 % Not available Not available   

Shabak in Iraq

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Introduction / History
The Shabak of Iraq live in the Sinjar region of Ninevah, Mosul in many villages like Khazna, for example. They speak Shabaki and Arabic.

The Shabak have had attacks on them killing many of their people in recent times. They are in extreme danger and the dangerous situation is an obstacle to the gospel message being taken to them.

The Shabak have always been looked on as being lower class people in Iraq. They have been discriminated against by Iraqi authorities and by the Kurdish people too who they live amongst.

It is said they are likely to have migrated from Persia to Ninevah in the 1600s. Many of the Shabak are related to the Kurds and the word shabak in Arabic means intertwine.

What are their beliefs?
The Shabak began their own religion to defend themselves against what they say to be false accusations from the past. They have beliefs from Islam and Christianity. The Shabak have their own ideas on spiritual life and mix it with Sufism too. They have religious guides called Pirs. They drink alcohol unlike other Muslims.

Prayer Points
* Prayer needs to be made for their safety and that their situation leads to them to come to Jesus Christ. Many have now gone to Iraqi Kurdistan.
* Pray their despised situation may work for their good, making them receptive to the gospel message.
* Pray that they meet loving Christians.
* 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.

References
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Country: Iraq
Continent: Asia
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Persecution Rank:8 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Ninawa Governorate, north of Mosul, Ali Rach, Yangija, Khazna, Talara villages; many displaced since 1980s.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Shabak
People Name General: Shabak
ROP3 Code: 115440
Joshua Project People ID: 19500
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 34,000
Population all Countries: 34,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Kurd
People Name General: Shabak
Ethnic Code: CNT24c
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Language
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Primary Language: Shabak (34,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sdb    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.07 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.93 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant4.00 %
Orthodox4.00 %
Other Christian12.00 %
Roman Catholic80.00 %
 
(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: Questionable translation need
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
 
 
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Shabak in Iraq

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