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Uzbek, Northern in Tajikistan

Uzbek, Northern

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,171,000 Uzbek, Northern Islam 0.14 % 0.13 %   

Uzbek, Northern in Tajikistan

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Introduction / History
The Uzbeks are descended from a mixture of mostly Turkic tribes that include some Mongolian and Iranian traits. The name Uzbek may mean "master of himself." Their love of freedom and a general restlessness often caused conflict with the waves of invaders who conquered the country over the centuries.

The first conqueror of this region, was Alexander the Great, whose army swept through central Asia in the fourth century. Arabs and Turks, followed by Genghis Khan and the Mongols, overran all of central Asia from the seventh to the fourteenth centuries. Not long after Tamerlane's conquest came the last and perhaps finest period of culture and learning to the Uzbek. Tamerlane's influence was followed by a long period of decline in the 1500s. By the time the Russians subdued the country between 1860 and the 1880s, Tajikistan had disintegrated into several warring principalities.

What are their lives like?
The majority of Uzbeks in Tajikistan live in the Laninabad region, the Gissar Valley, southern Tajikistan, around Shrtuz and Kolkhozabad, and the Kurgan Tube. Although most still follow traditional farming and nomadic shepherd lifestyles, many who migrated to the city have become merchants or skilled craftsmen. They are especially talented bazaar artisans, working with silver, gold, leather, and wood. They also make elaborate carpets.

Uzbek dwellers in urban areas generally prefer European style clothing, but traditional dress is still common. This includes a long turban cloth (sometimes as long as three meters or more); a slipover, long-tailed cotton shirt; baggy trousers with a wide waist and held with a drawstring; a colorful waistcoat or vest; and boots of various types. Village women wear a chadar (head shawl) made of white or colorful red and white cotton floral prints; baggy trousers with calf length shirts, or high yoked dresses with full skirts reaching almost to the ankles.

The traditional family unit is based on kinship ties. Marriage of children is most often a contractual arrangement that is sealed with a bride price and the bride then lives with the groom's family. Marriages are celebrated with feasting, competitions, and other rituals. Women continue to do much of the household work and handle many of the less skilled and manual jobs. They are often segregated from the men.

The most common houses are built of mud bricks and often have domed roofs. Another style is an oblong, rectangular hut with rooms leading off a long covered porch and located inside a walled compound. Most nomadic groups who follow the seasonal migration of their herds live in the distinctive central Asian yurt (a circular, portable tent). Today, crowded modern housing, especially in urban areas, prevents generations from living together and discourages large families. These factors, along with increased educational opportunities mean more Uzbek are finding work away from their home areas.

What are their beliefs?
The majority of the Uzbeks are Sunni Muslims. The others are Shi'ite Muslims or belong to various Sufi Muslim orders. The numerous holy places of pilgrimage in Tajikistan play a less significant role in the revival of Islam than in other central Asia areas where tribal structures are still strong.

Pre-Islamic shamanism (belief that there is an unseen world of many gods, demons, and ancestral spirits) survives in an Islamic form. Today the shaman (priest or medicine man) is a practicing Muslim who combines shamanistic trances with reciting Islamic prayers, fasts, and other Islamic practices.

What are their needs?
The Jesus film and Christian broadcasts are available in Uzbeki. The New Testament has been translated into their native language.

Prayer Points
Ask God to grant wisdom and favor to missions agencies focusing on the Uzbeks.
Pray that the Lord will raise up long term workers to join the few who have already responded.
Pray for effectiveness of the Jesus film and Christian broadcasts among the Uzbeks.
Ask the Lord to create a hunger in the hearts of the Uzbeks to know Jesus Christ.
Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of Uzbek Muslims towards Christians.
Pray for God to raise up strong local churches among the Uzbeks.

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-11-04
Uzbek profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
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Country: Tajikistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
Persecution Rank:44 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Sughd and Khatlon regions; Regions of Republican Subordination.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Uzbek, Northern
People Name General: Uzbek, Northern
Alternate People Names:
Northern UzbekOuzbek
उज़्बेक, नॉर्दर्न
ROP3 Code: 107469
Joshua Project People ID: 14039
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,171,000
Population all Countries: 31,980,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Uzbek
People Name General: Uzbek, Northern
Ethnic Code: MSY41l
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Uzbek, Northern
Language Code (ISO): uzn    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Russian (Unknown)Tajik (Unknown)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.14 %(Evangelical: 0.13 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.87 % 
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: 1891-1992
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2016-2017
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 RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Uzbek, Northern
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
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 ...
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed MatterBible: Uzbek, Northern
Text / Printed MatterIBT, Russia - resources
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
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Uzbek, Northern in Tajikistan

Global                 Global
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People Cluster
    Uzbek     Asia, Central    
      Uzbek, Northern Tajikistan    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Uzbek, Northern in Tajikistan          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Uzbek, Northern  
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