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Kurd, Kurmanji in Kyrgyzstan

Kurd, Kurmanji

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
16,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Kurd, Kurmanji in Kyrgyzstan

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Introduction / History
The Kurds are a people without a politically recognized homeland. Within this broad group of people are diverse tribal associations, lifestyles, and religious practices. However, they have retained a strong, common ethnic identity. Though they now speak the various languages of the countries in which they live, they also speak their native tongue.

Kurdistan, the traditional homeland of the Kurds, was a mountainous region in southwestern Asia. This area included parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and the former Soviet Union. The Kurds arrived in Kurdistan during the 1500s and were used by the Persian shahs to guard their eastern border.

In the second half of the 1700s, the Kurds slowly moved westward as far as present-day Azerbaijan. During this expansion, Kurdish villages were established throughout the region. Today, there are a number of compact Kurd settlements in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.

What are their lives like?
Traditionally, the Kurds of Kyrgyzstan were nomads; however, the arrival of Soviet rule drastically altered their lives. The nomads were permanently settled and gradually transformed into agricultural wage laborers. Shortly afterwards, their children began to go to school. As frontiers were closed, all ties that had previously linked them with their brothers in Kurdistan were broken.

The Kurds were hard workers on the Soviet collective (community) farms, but they also had their own herds and allotments of land. Even before glasnost (openness) within the Soviet Union, there was a measure of cultural freedom for the Kurds. Because they were a small minority, they posed little threat.

The Soviet Kurds are among the most prosperous citizens of the former USSR. This is especially noticeable in the quality of their dwellings, which are modern houses made of stone or brick, usually equipped with central heating, and sometimes having telephones. Villages tend to have broad well-lit streets, linked to the cities by fairly good roads. They have their own schools, school books, a printing press, and various social comforts.

Glasnost and the subsequent independence of the republics have contributed to an overall revival of Kurdish identity and expression. There is a recognition of the repression that occurred during Stalin's rule, and a re-awakened national awareness. As a result, many former USSR citizens are declaring themselves to be Kurds, as they rediscover their ethnic origin.

What are their beliefs?
Nearly all Kurds are Muslim, having embraced Islam in the seventh century A.D. following the Arab conquests. Most belong to the Sunni, or more orthodox, branch of their religion. However, most of the Kurds in Kyrgyzstan are Shi'ites, practicing the more mystical form of Islam.

Kurds keep the five essential duties of all Muslims: affirming that Allah is the only god, and Mohammed is his prophet; praying five times daily; giving alms; fasting during Ramadan; and making a pilgrimage to Mecca. Nevertheless, there are still traces of an earlier, pagan faith that occasionally surfaces, among the Kurds, especially in the rural areas. Some people there still believe in jinnis (tiny, human-like evil spirits) and demons. Elements of animal worship can also be found.

Until recently, mullahs (trained Muslims holding official posts) acted as village witch doctors, performing ceremonies and reciting spells to drive out madness or to cure sickness.

What are their needs?
The Kurds of Kyrgyzstan have some Christian resources available to them. Both the New Testament and the Jesus film have been translated into Kurmanji, their native language.

Kurds have long been a people in search of national identity. They need to know that their true identity can only be found in Jesus. Prayer for their spiritual eyes to be opened is critical if they are to find salvation.

Prayer Points
Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers to work among the Kurds of Kyrgyzstan.
Pray for effectiveness of the Jesus film among the Kurds, with many conversions resulting.
Ask the Lord to save key leaders among Kurds who will boldly declare the Gospel.
Pray that Kurds will hunger to know Jesus and that they will find their true identity in Him.
Ask the Lord to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the spiritual soil of Kyrgyzstan through worship and intercession.
Pray that strong local churches will be raised up among the Kurds.

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Country: Kyrgyzstan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
10/40 Window: Yes
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kurd, Kurmanji
People Name General: Kurd, Kurmanji
Alternate People Names:
Turkish KurdYazidi
ROP3 Code: 105458
Joshua Project People ID: 12877
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 16,000
Population all Countries: 16,404,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Kurd
People Name General: Kurd, Kurmanji
Ethnic Code: CNT24c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kurdish, Northern
Language Code (ISO): kmr    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Persian, Iranian (Unknown)Russian (Unknown)
Uzbek, Northern (Unknown)
Total Languages: 4
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 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1856-2016
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2008
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible Stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kurdish, Northern
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRivka video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralWalk with the Prophets and meet the Mess ...
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Kurdish, Northern
Text / Printed MatterIBT, Russia - resources
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Kurdish, Northern
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Kurd, Kurmanji in Kyrgyzstan

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Kurd     Asia, Central    
      Kurd, Kurmanji Kyrgyzstan    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Kurd, Kurmanji in Kyrgyzstan          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Kurdish, Northern  
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