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Kurd, Kurmanji in Lebanon

Kurd, Kurmanji

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
288,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 4.00 % 0.01 %   

Kurd, Kurmanji in Lebanon

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Introduction / History
The Northern Kurds of Lebanon are actually part of a much greater Kurdish population. They are made up of a number of clans, tribes, and tribal confederations, many of which have been in existence for thousands of years. This large people group shares several important and common ties. For instance, they speak a group of closely related languages; they have a shared culture, they have a common geographical homeland, and they have a common sense of identity. Kurds are basically more alike than are other people groups, and they feel it.

Most of the Kurds living in Lebanon came from southeastern Turkey. The first Kurds arrived during the French Mandate (a period when the French occupied Lebanon) and were able to secure Lebanese citizenship. Since 1961, a few thousand additional Kurds have obtained residence permits in Lebanon. However, their citizenship has never been finalized, so they are regarded as non-citizens.

What are their lives like?
The Kurds of Lebanon have been in a weak position both socially and economically. Though ill-paid for their unskilled manual labor, they cannot press for better conditions for fear of deportation.

Since Lebanon's civil war began in 1975, Kurds have been among the country's most oppressed people. Many of them, as well as a number of Syrians and Shi'ite Muslims from southern Lebanon, have been massacred in the war. Others have fled to the beach slums of southern Beirut. Some have returned to Syria because of the bleak conditions in Lebanon.

The Kurds are noted for their elaborate and colorful national costumes, which are made of both local and imported fabrics. The men's costumes consist of baggy, colored trousers and plain shirts with huge sleeves split at the wrist and tied at the elbow. Brilliantly colored vests and sashes are also worn. Women usually wear heavy clothing that is brightly embroidered. However, many rural dwellers have abandoned their native costumes for western style dress.

The most important Kurdish national festival is the New Year celebration which is held on March 21st. This is a long ceremony that may continue for a week or more. Many specific foods and condiments are prepared in advance. Special flowers are grown for the occasion and branches covered with fresh buds are cut and made to adorn the feast. New clothes are worn, and some old pottery is broken for good luck. People visit each other's houses, and old feuds and misunderstandings are reconciled for the occasion. Gifts are given by seniors to their juniors in age, and high ranking social figures are paid visits and brought gifts.

What are their beliefs?
Nearly all Kurds are Muslims, most being Shafiite Sunnis. They first embraced Islam after the Arab conquests of the seventh century. They look to Islam as a basis for social justice.

However, despite being predominantly Sunnis, religion has created deep rifts among the Kurds. These differences also have prejudicial overtones towards the lower class. Many of the dispossessed Kurd minorities have become associated with the secret and unorthodox sects of Islam - the most fervently rebellious people in Kurdish society.

What are their needs?
The Islamic religion is very difficult to influence and very little progress has been made. Though the New Testament and the Jesus film are available in their language, there are only a few known believers among them.

Many of the Kurds living in Lebanon are regarded as non-citizens. They live in fear of being deported, and accept sub-standard wages for their labors. They need to know that they are worth something to God and are valuable in His eyes.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Lebanon and share Christ with the Kurds.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of Muslim Kurds towards Christianity.
* Pray that God will raise up Lebanese Christians as a clear Gospel witness to Muslim Kurds.
* Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect the few known Kurdish Christians.
* Ask the Lord to give missions agencies strategies for reaching the Kurdish population.
* Pray that a strong local church will be raised up among the Kurds of Lebanon.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2016-12-15
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Country: Lebanon
Continent: Asia
Region: Middle East and North Africa
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Scattered urban areas, Beyrouth, Liban-Sud (Sidon), and Liban-Nord (Tripoli) givernorates; also in Beqaa Governorate, Bekah Valley.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Kurd, Kurmanji
People Name General: Kurd, Kurmanji
Alternate People Names:
KermanjiKurmanji
Turkish KurdYazidi
Yezidi
ROP3 Code: 105458
Joshua Project People ID: 12877
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 288,000
Population all Countries: 15,332,000
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
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Kurdish, Northern (288,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kmr    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 0.01 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam90.00 % 
Non-Religious6.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant3.00 %
Orthodox52.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic45.00 %
 
(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:
1872-2005Audio
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 (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kurdish, Northern
Film / VideoLife's Gold (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralKurdish Ministry Resources
Text / Printed MatterBible: Kurdish New Testament & Psalms
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
 
 
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