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Bakhtiari in Iran


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,231,000 Bakhtiari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Bakhtiari in Iran

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The Bakthtiaris became Shia Muslims after the Arabs invaded Iran almost 1400 years ago. Previously, Bakhtiaris were Zorastrian. The Bakhtiari live mainly in southwestern Iran in the clean and beautiful highlands of the Zagros Mountains. Farsi is their language of commerce, but they speak Bakhtiari at home. Many Bakhtiari people still live in black goat hair tents and are nomads. They migrate in search of water and food for their animals. About half of the people retain their traditional lifestyle of shepherding for the men, and carpet-weaving and home making for the women. The rest are settled and involved in agriculture and a variety of commercial activities.

Ministry Obstacles
Iran is hostile to Christian testimony, and direct access to the Bakthtiari people is difficult.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel recordings and the Jesus film are available in the Bakhtiari language. Perhaps Persian Christians will be able to carry these resources to the Bakhtiari people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few known Christian believers among the Bakhtiari people, but pray the Lord will be preparing pastors and teachers for the many believers the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray also for scripture to be soon made available in the Bakhtiari language.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Lord will increasingly draw people to Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) as they study the Koran, and that the Lord's Spirit will give them a hunger to find out more about this man. Then pray this hunger will be satisfied with knowledge and faith.

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-11-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-11-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-10-22
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-11-08
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Country: Iran
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
Persecution Rank:9 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Southwest, mainly Khuzestan Province; also in west Chahar Mahall va Bakhtiari, east Lorestan, and Kohgiluyeh va Buyer Ahmad provinces; smaller areas, west Esfahan and Markazi provinces; Masjed-e Soleiman, Shahr-e Kord, Dorud.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
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People Name in Country: Bakhtiari
People Name General: Bakhtiari
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 100819
Joshua Project People ID: 10591
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,231,000
Population all Countries: 1,231,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Luri-Bakhtiari
People Name General: Bakhtiari
Ethnic Code: CNT24z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bakhtiari (1,231,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bqi    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
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bakhtiari
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
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Bakhtiari in Iran

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People Cluster
    Luri-Bakhtiari     Asia, Central    
      Bakhtiari Iran    
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