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Kurd, Kurmanji in Ukraine

Kurd, Kurmanji

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,900 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Kurd, Kurmanji in Ukraine

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Introduction / History
The Northern Kurds, also known as Kurmanji because of their language, are 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. Not only do they speak closely related languages, but they also share a common culture, geographical homeland, and sense of identity.

Kurds are divided by both outside influences and internal strife. In spite of their longing for a united Kurdistan, the people have not yet successfully initiated any political or liberation movement. Historical trends have driven them apart and accentuated their differences. However, since 1965, these proud and fiercely independent people have made a clear return to their roots. The urge to speak Kurdish is becoming a catalyst for more and more educated Kurds. These networks of independence-minded Kurds can seep into their communities in other countries like Ukraine.

Where are they located?
Most Northern Kurds live in Turkey, Iraq, Syria or Iran, but there is a considerable Kurmanji speaking Kurdish diaspora in several countries including the United States and Ukraine.

What are their lives like?
Although many Northern Kurds still farm and care for animals, many now live in cities.

Kurds living in the former Soviet countries like Ukraine are among the most prosperous citizens. They face no discrimination, and many even hold high political offices. They enjoy the use of utilities, roads, housing, and medical facilities that would be considered "luxurious" in their homeland of Kurdistan.

What are their beliefs?
Although Kurds are predominantly Sunnis, there is stormy hostility between the Sunni Kurds and the Shi'ite Kurds. These differences have class overtones, and the lower-class minorities are associated with the more unorthodox sects of Islam. These have proven to be the most fervently rebellious parts of Kurdish society.

Even among the Sunni Kurds, there are traces of an earlier pagan and violent type faith which sets them apart from other Muslims. In the rural areas, many still believe in jinnis, demons, and elements of animal worship. Mullahs (Muslim spiritual leaders) play an important role in the social and cultural life of those living in the country.

What are their needs?
Kurds have a strong sense of family values and tradition runs deep within their communities. Because of their firmly held beliefs, the Kurds have been resistant to evangelization. The New Testament has already been translated into Kurmanji.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to share the gospel with Northern Kurds.
* Ask God to give the Northern Kurdish believers opportunities to share the love of Jesus with their own people.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of Kurds so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
* Pray that God will raise up strong fellowships of believers among Kurmanji speaking Northern Kurds.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12877/TU
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurmanji_Kurds

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Country: Ukraine
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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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: 1,900
Population all Countries: 15,411,000
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 (1,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kmr    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 % 
Islam85.00 % 
Non-Religious15.00 % 
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: 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
Film / VideoLife's Gold
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
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralKurdish Ministry Resources
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Kurdish New Testament & Psalms
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
 
 
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Kurd, Kurmanji in Ukraine

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