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Arab, Iraqi in Turkey

Arab, Iraqi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
112,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.20 %   

Arab, Iraqi in Turkey

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Introduction / History
Modern day Iraq is the location of the ancient Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian empires. Iraq was occupied by Britain during World War I. In 1932, Iraq gained independence from the UK.

The Iraqi Arabs descended from a people group cluster called the Levant Arabs. "Levant" is a broad term that includes several groups of Arabs: the Iraqi, Jordanian, Palestinian, Arabic Jewish, Chaldean, and Syrian Arabs. The Levant Arabs originally settled all over the Arabian Peninsula and later migrated to North Africa. They are spread from Israel to Kuwait and as far east as Iran.

The Arabs are the majority ethnic group in Iraq, though they are divided by religious community.

There have been many waves of Iraqis fleeing war since the 1980s. Being located to the north of Iraq, and being a peaceful country, Turkey has been a preferred destination for Iraqi Arab refugees.

Where are they located?
Most Iraqi Arabs in Turkey are in the capital city of Istanbul.

What are their lives like?
They are hoping to either settle in a different country or return to Iraq. For that reason, the Iraqi Arabs are usually in a holding pattern, biding their time in refugee camps. They will not be able to return to Iraq until the fighting ends and the infrastructure is restored.

What are their beliefs?
The Iraqi Arabs who left Iraq for Turkey are from a number of religious communities: There are Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims, Alawites, Yezidis, and Christians.

What are their needs?
Iraqi Arabs want a safe place to live and raise their families. They want to live in peace, but peace eludes them in their home country. They go to Turkey, usually as a way-station to Europe, the United States, or a temporary home while their country is at war. Many would prefer to return home.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Iraqi Arabs will find a safe home where they can prosper physically and spiritually.
* Pray that the Iraqi Arabs, no matter what religious community they begin with, will seek and find spiritual refuge in Jesus. Pray for them to learn to live like Jesus, and share His ways with others.
* Pray for a Christ-oriented church planting movement to begin among Arab Iraqis in Turkey.


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Country: Turkey
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
Persecution Rank:36 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Mardin, and Siirt provinces; very small area in Gaziantep Province.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Arab, Iraqi
People Name General: Arab, Iraqi
Alternate People Names:
Arab, Mesopotamian SpeakersArab-Mesopotamian
Iraqi ArabIraqi Arabs
Mesopotamian SpokenNorth Iraqi Arab
ROP3 Code: 104056
Joshua Project People ID: 12247
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 112,000
Population all Countries: 16,844,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Levant
People Name General: Arab, Iraqi
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (112,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): acm    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.50 %(Evangelical: 0.20 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam97.30 % 
Non-Religious0.20 % 
Other / Small2.00 % 
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: Yes
New Testament:
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 RecordingsArabic Bibles Online
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Arabic, Mesopotamian ...
Film / VideoStories of the Prophets - Music Video - ...
Film / VideoThe Lamp on the Stand
Film / VideoThe Lost Coin (Eng Sub)
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Arab, Iraqi in Turkey

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Arab, Levant     Asia, Central    
      Arab, Iraqi Turkey    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Arab, Iraqi in Turkey          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken  
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