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Tajik in Kyrgyzstan

Tajik

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
55,000 Tajik Islam 0.09 % 0.09 %   

Tajik in Kyrgyzstan

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Introduction / History
Kyrgyzstan is a small mountainous republic located in the center of Asia. It was formerly a part of the Soviet Union. The Tajiks are one of the major people groups of Central Asia. While the majority lives in Tajikistan, there are significant communities in most of the other Central Asian republics, including those in Kyrgyzstan.

The term "Tajik" comes from the word taj, which means "crown." This name was probably first used by seventh century Arabs to differentiate the Persian (Tajiki) speakers from the Turkic speakers.

Tajiks have repeatedly been invaded and conquered throughout their history. The armies of Alexander the Great, the Arabs in the seventh century, Genghis Khan, the Turks, the British, and the Russian empire have all made serious impacts upon these people. In fact, the numerous invasions have been the major factor in the dispersion of Tajiks to other locations.

What are their lives like?
Most of the Tajiks are mountain farmers and shepherds. Seasonal grasses create suitable pastures for raising sheep, goats, cattle, a few camels, and some horses. They also practice a remarkable system of terraced, mountainside irrigation so that wheat and barley can be grown at the higher, dry altitudes.

More and more Tajiks have moved to the cities over the past fifty years. Most families farm during the summer period, then return to the cities for the remainder of the year. This has resulted in an unstable work force throughout the region.

A majority of urban Tajiks live in governmental housing. Rural Tajiks live instead in village communities located on non-farmable, rocky land. There they build low, square or rectangular houses out of unbaked mud. Pressed mud bricks made with stone are used for the foundations. Flat roofs are made of tightly packed earth and twigs, and are supported by mat covered beams.

Women wear colorful national costumes with printed cottons and silks accented by flowered headscarves. They rarely wear veils; however, they do wear chaddors, which are multi-purpose shawls. The men wear shirts and trousers, sometimes with quilted robes and belts. They also wear embroidered skull caps, and some wear turbans or fur hats during the cold mountain winters. The upper class and city dwellers tend to wear European style clothing.

Green tea is served with most meals. Bread is a staple food, and the Tajiks bake bread out of anything that can be ground into flour, including a variety of peas and mulberries. They also eat starchy foods, rice, grapes, dried fruits, chicken, lamb, and vegetable dishes.

Tajik society is patriarchal, meaning that the authority belongs to the oldest males of the extended family. Inheritance is passed down through the males. After marriage, a new bride moves in with the husband's family. Traditionally, marriages were arranged by the family. Today, however, most Tajiks are free to choose who they will marry.

Villages and communities are ruled by a majlis, or council, made up of the male leaders of prominent families. A chief is elected from among them. The "kinship structure" is still dominant in social and political spheres of life. Tajiks live in tight-knit communities and are a very hospitable people.

What are their beliefs?
Most Tajiks are Sunni Muslims of the Hanafite branch, but some Shi'ite exist from both the Imami and Isameli sects. Approximately ten percent are classified as non-religious. This has probably been a result of Russian atheistic pressure.

What are their needs?
These people have remained closed to the Gospel. There are few known Tajik believers in Kyrghyzstan.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Kyrghyzstan and share Christ with Tajiks.
* Pray that God will call out prayer teams to break up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask God to raise up long-term workers to live among Tajiks.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will give vision for outreach and a genuine burden for Tajiks to believers living in this region.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of Tajiks toward Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
* Pray that God will open the hearts of Kyrghyzstan's governmental leaders to the Gospel.
* Ask the Lord to raise up a vigorous local church among Tajiks.

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The Tajiks of Central Asia
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Country: Kyrgyzstan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:2
Location in Country:Scattered, mostly in south.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tajik
People Name General: Tajik
Alternate People Names:
TadzhikTadzhiki
ताजिक
ROP3 Code: 109733
Joshua Project People ID: 15201
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 55,000
Population all Countries: 9,974,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Tajik
People Name General: Tajik
Ethnic Code: CNT24g
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Language
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Primary Language: Tajik
Language Code (ISO): tgk    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Kyrgyz (Unknown)Russian (Unknown)
Uzbek, Northern (Unknown)
Total Languages: 4
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.09 %(Evangelical: 0.09 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.91 % 
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: 1981
New Testament:
1983Audio
Complete Bible: 1992
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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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 Tajiki
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Fifth Namaz
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Хушхабар
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
 
 
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Tajik in Kyrgyzstan

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