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Arab, Syrian in Turkey

Arab, Syrian

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
580,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 5.00 % 0.40 % No No   

Arab, Syrian in Turkey

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Introduction / History
The Levant Arabs originally settled all over the Arabian Peninsula and later migrated to North Africa. Today, several hundred thousand Levant Arabs live along the northern edges of the Arabian Desert. They are spread from Israel to Kuwait and as far east as Iran.

"Levant" is a broad term that includes several groups of Arabs: Jordanian, Palestinian, Iraqi, Chaldean, and Syrian Arabs. The Levant Arabs have had a close association with Islam throughout their history; and today, all of them except for the Arabic Jewish Arabs are Muslims. Most Levant Arabs speak an Arabic language called Arabiya, with varying local dialects. Others speak an Arabic language known as Mashriqi.

Levant Arabs are among the peoples who have fled the fighting in Syria for Turkey in hopes of finding a peaceful home.

Where are they located?
Syrian Arabs in Turkey are most likely to be found near the Syrian border.

What are their lives like?
The life of a refugee is very unhappy. Refugees have often lost just about everything, including family members. To a Syrian Muslim Arab, family is extremely important. When family members are either killed or missing, it is very traumatic for refugees.

What are their beliefs?
Most Syrian Arabs are Sunni Muslims who are dedicated to the ways of Islam. There is a small minority that is part of traditional Christian groups.

What are their needs?
Syrian Arabs in Turkey are seeking a safe home to work and raise their families. They need to live in a place where leaders are willing to bring peace and stability rather than rule by brute force like they are in Syria.

Prayer Points
* Pray that in this time of civil strife and sorrow Syrian Arabs will seek and find the Servant King.
* Pray for help for Syrian refugees in Turkey so they can get the services they need to eventually find a place of flourishing.
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to reach out and share the love of Christ with Syrian Arabs.
* Pray that God will raise up faithful intercessors who will stand in the gap for the Syrian Arabs in Turkey.
* Pray that their traditional Muslim culture will soften, creating open doors for the gospel to be preached among them.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among Syrian Arabs in Turkey.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.


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Country: Turkey
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
Persecution Rank:36 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Arab, Syrian
People Name General: Arab, Syrian
Alternate People Names:
ArabArab, Levantine
Lebanese ArabLevantine Arab
Palestinian ArabSouth Levantine
Syrian Arab
ROP3 Code: 109662
Joshua Project People ID: 15152
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 580,000
Population all Countries: 15,765,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Levant
People Name General: Arab, Syrian
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (580,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): apc    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 0.40 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam95.00 % 
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: 1939-1981
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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 RecordingsArabic Bibles Online
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoThe Story
Film / VideoTogether Toward Growth
Film / VideoTogether Toward Growth (EngSub)
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible )
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Arab, Syrian in Turkey

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Arab, Levant     Asia, Central    
      Arab, Syrian Turkey    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Arab, Syrian in Turkey          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Arabic, North Levantine Spoken  
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