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Darzi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

Darzi (Muslim traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
383,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % Not available   

Darzi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Darzis derived their name from the Persian word 'to sew' or darzan. Sometimes the Darzi are known by the name Darji or Khayyat in India where most of their community live. An Indian legend says that the god Parasurama was pursuing two brothers to destroy them and they found haven in a temple. A priest hid them and gave one brother the task of sewing dresses and the other dyeing cloth. The Darzi are said to be the decendents of the first brother and therefore, Darzis are most commonly tailors. There are more than 3.5 million Darzis in all and about one third of those are Muslims, the rest are Hindus.

What are their lives like?
A majority of the Darzi Muslim people live in the central Terai region of Nepal and speak Nepali and Urdu. They often occupy a middle ground of social status. As tailors they enjoy close relations with other Muslim tradesmen. The Darzis are not vegetarian but tend to avoid beef. As a community they prefer adult marriages and offer children's inheritance privileges to both sons and daughters. Men will sometimes wear a kurtapyjama and woman a salwar-kameez.

What are their needs?
Because of the Darzi's openness to business and upward social status, this is a great opportunity to offer outside assistance to educational or other development projects. Pray that the church can love the Darzi people like God does, enough to offer micro loans and other development programs as a means to sharing the gospel among them.

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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:5 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:383,000
Largest Provinces:
Punjab (268,000)Sindh (73,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (15,000)Islamabad (14,000)
Azad Kashmir (12,000)Balochistan (200)
Federally Administered Tribal Areas (90)
Total Provinces on file:7
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Darzi (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Darzi (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
PipavasiSai Sutar
ROP3 Code: 112930
Joshua Project People ID: 17513
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 383,000
Population all Countries: 1,415,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Urdu Muslim
People Name General: Darzi (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25r
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (237,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pnb    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (65,000)Sindhi (26,000)
Saraiki (19,000)Hindko, Northern (4,300)
Hindko, Southern (2,300)Bagri (1,200)
Kacchi (600)Kashmiri (600)
Shina, Kohistani (500)Marwari (500)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 13
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 % 
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: 1885-1922
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1959
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 RecordingsFathers Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoHouse of Love (
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Darzi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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