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Khalaj in Iran


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
52,000 Khalaj Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Khalaj in Iran

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Introduction / History
Khalaj is a Turkish word meaning, "stay hungry." Some say they are the remnant of the Hephthalitite tribe. The Khalaj language is also called Arghu, and it has two dialects. They speak an ancient Turkic language.

In the 9th and 10th centuries, Arab geographers mentioned the Khalaj people as being one of the Turkish tribes along the steppes of Central Asia, and their original homeland was in the Talas region. They moved several times throughout their history, usually because of war and conquest. During the Mongol invasions of the 1200s, some Khalaj people sided with the Mongols, while others were loyal to more local leaders.

Where are they located?
Though the majority of the Khalaj people live in the Markhazi Province of Iran, there are smaller pockets of them in Afghanistan.

What are their lives like?
There is almost no information about the lifestyle of this people group.

What are their beliefs?
The Khalaj people are all Shi'ite Muslims. There are no Christian materials in their ancient Turkic language, not even gospel recordings.

What are their needs?
Like all other people groups, the Khalaj people need spiritual hunger so that they will seek and find the true source of light, Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord to equip prayer warriors to overcome spiritual darkness in the Khalaj homeland so that the gospel can be understood without Satan's interference.
* Pray for accurate Christian materials to be developed in the Khalaj language.
* Pray that the Khalaj people will receive Christ and they will become a blessed people, shining with the light of Jesus in a dark world.
* Pray for the Khalaj people to be discipled in the ways of Christ, and that others will join their fellowships.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* 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.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2016-11-08
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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:Gilan and Ardebil provinces; scattered.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Khalaj
People Name General: Khalaj
ROP3 Code: 104882
Joshua Project People ID: 12648
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 52,000
Population all Countries: 52,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Azerbaijani
People Name General: Khalaj
Ethnic Code: MSY41a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Khalaj (52,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kjf    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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Khalaj in Iran

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Azerbaijani     Asia, Central    
      Khalaj Iran    
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            Khalaj in Iran          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Khalaj  
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