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Hazara in United States

Hazara

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
31,000 Hazaragi Islam 0.50 % 0.40 % No   

Hazara in United States

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Introduction / History
The Hazaras are a distinct people of Afghanistan, set apart from fellow Afghans by religion, mixed ethnicity, and an independent nature. They have been persecuted for these differences, especially over the last 200 years. They face discrimination as Shia Muslims, a minority among Afghanistan's dominant Sunni Muslims, as well as for ethnic bias. Their Asiatic facial features make them stand out in Afghanistan.

Pre-second century inhabitants, they are likely Afghanistan's oldest. Their traditional homeland lies in central Afghanistan amid rugged mountains in a nearly inaccessible region of craggy peaks and rushing rivers called the Hazarajat.

Hazara origins are much debated. The current theory, supported by obvious Asian features, favors descent from Mongol soldiers left behind by Genghis Khan in the 13th century, with considerable Turkish admixture. Their unwritten dialect, Hazaragi, contains elements of many languages: Arabic, Urdu, Mongol, Turkish, and Dari.

Prior to the 19th century, the Hazaras were 67 percent of the total population of Afghanistan. More than half were massacred in 1893 when their autonomy was lost as a result of political action. Later fundamentalist governments, including the Taliban, attempted to dismiss them historically, politically, and culturally. Other people groups in Afghanistan have continued to attack them until the Hazaras were driven out of Afghanistan. Some of them have left for the United States.

What are their lives like?
Hazara women are honored in legends. Before the advent of the Taliban, these independent and industrious Hazara women were highly educated and entered teaching or medical professions as well as serving in political roles. Such women have a good chance of fitting in with a Western culture like that of the United States.

What are their beliefs?
The Hazaras are Imami Shia Muslims, otherwise known as "Twelvers," who hold a strong reverence for the son-in-law of the prophet Mohammed. A number of Hazara people who have strong ties with the Tajik people are Ismaili Shias, also known as "Seveners." There are strong antagonistic feelings between the two sects; each one often denies they have any ethnic affinity with the other.

What are their needs?
The Hazaras need a safe place where they can begin new lives and careers. They might need trauma counseling, something that Christ's followers can do.

Prayer Points
Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to share Christ with the Hazaras and to help them adjust to live in the US.

Pray that God will send Christian teachers and literacy workers who can minister to Hazara refugees in the US.

Pray that the Christians who live near and among the Hazaras in the US will be bold in sharing their faith in Jesus.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to birth a cascading discipleship movement among the Hazaras for God's glory.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

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Country: United States
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Hazara
People Name General: Hazara
Alternate People Names:
Afghan PersianBehsud
BerberiDai Kundi
Dai MiradadDai Zangi
Ghazni HazarasJaguri
KhawariPolada
TeymurUrusgani
Yekaulangहज़ारा
ROP3 Code: 103743
Joshua Project People ID: 12076
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 31,000
Population all Countries: 4,345,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Persian
People Name General: Hazara
Ethnic Code: MSY41z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Hazaragi (31,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): haz    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.50 %(Evangelical: 0.40 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.50 % 
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: 2008-2015
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoIndigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hazaragi
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralGospel resources links
 
 
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