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Shughni in Afghanistan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
48,000 Shughni Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Shughni in Afghanistan

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Introduction / History
The Shughni are of the Tajik people cluster. They are found on both sides of the Tajikistan and Afghanistan border, mostly in the Pamir mountains 30 miles north of Ishkashim. Badakshan Province and Kabul has the largest populations of these people in Afghanistan.

What are their lives like?
They are also known as Kushani, Shugnan-Rush, or the Shugnan Rushan. Their primary language is Shughni.

The Shunghnis were mentioned in Chinese chronicles from the sixth and seventh centuries. According to these, they always kept the trade route through Shughnan under their control. Stories speak of the Shughnis being savage and warlike people who used to raid caravans. In some places, these legends are still passed on.

In Afghanistan, the Shughni carry on a traditional way of life. Some are nomadic. Many are shepherds, however some make a living by the crafts of woodworking, weaving, pottery, blacksmithing, and basket making. They live in villages and support one another during difficult times. Houses are often built on hill slopes, near water. Women often are responsible for the home, as well as some farming. Males are responsible for herding.

What are their beliefs?
The Shughni are Shia Muslims. There are Christian audio recordings available in their language.

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-11-11
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-11-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-11-01
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Country: Afghanistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
Persecution Rank:9 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Badakhshan province: both sides of Afghanistan-Tajikistan border, 50 km north of Ishkashim, Pamir mountains.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
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People Name in Country: Shughni
People Name General: Shughni
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 108967
Joshua Project People ID: 14921
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 48,000
Population all Countries: 138,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Tajik
People Name General: Shughni
Ethnic Code: CNT24z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Shughni (48,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sgh    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Sub-division:Shia
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: 2001-2015
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Shughni
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
GeneralGospel resources links
Text / Printed MatterIBT, Russia - resources
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Shughni in Afghanistan

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    Tajik     Asia, Central    
      Shughni Afghanistan    
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