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Turkmen in Pakistan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
133,000 Turkmen Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Turkmen in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The majority of Turkmen live in Turkmenistan, which is located in south Central Asia along the Caspian Sea. Many others live in the surrounding Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and a small number are in Pakistan. Their culture has been strongly influenced in the past by both the Turkic conquerors, who imposed their language on them, and the Arabs, who forced them to convert to Islam. Long ago, they developed a strong ethnic identity as "children of the desert" because they would plunder rich caravans of Persian traders.

What are their lives like?
Tribal loyalties continue to have a strong influence over the people. The largest descent group is the tribe, then the clan, then the family. Members of a tribe are bound by a strong sense of family loyalty. Tribal loyalty is reinforced by the fact that the Turkmen will only marry within their tribes. Arranged marriages are common, and families often intermarry to preserve wealth. Although there have been political and economic changes through the years, less changes have occurred in the areas of family life and religion. The Turkmen are especially known for their brisk trade in the bazaars, where many samples of their handicrafts can be found. Some of these include metal and wooden household utensils, tools, and furniture. Many have also supplemented their income by producing intricately designed carpets. Oil and gas production are the major sources of wealth. Turkmen tend to be physically strong. They are characterized by their hospitality, sincerity, and trustworthiness; however, they are also known as being hot-headed and revengeful.

What are their beliefs?
The Turkmen are officially Sunni Muslim, but they often depend on other spiritual forces for their daily needs.

What are their needs?
There is little awareness of biblical Christianity among the Turkmen, and very few are believers in Pakistan. Laborers and evangelistic tools are desperately needed for the Turkmen. A gospel witness to Turkmen will be most effective coming from other Turkmen who are culturally sensitive.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to the Turkmen in Pakistan. Pray for the Turkmen to crave true holiness and find that in Jesus Christ. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Turkmen in Pakistan this decade.


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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:5 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:133,000
Largest Provinces:
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (81,000)Balochistan (32,000)
Punjab (15,000)Sindh (5,000)
Azad Kashmir (300)Islamabad (300)
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Country Map:Political map
Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Turkmen
People Name General: Turkmen
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 110306
Joshua Project People ID: 15654
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 133,000
Population all Countries: 7,987,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Turkmen
People Name General: Turkmen
Ethnic Code: MSY41k
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Turkmen
Language Code (ISO): tuk    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Dari (Unknown)Pashto, Central (Unknown)
Pashto, Northern (Unknown)
Total Languages: 4
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1880-1994
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2016-2017
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 RecordingsOnline Scripture / NT
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / NT
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Portions
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFrom Darkness to Light - SpaSub
Film / Video / Animation
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Turkmen
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMore Than Dreams-Ali
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app as APK File fro ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Türkmençe - Turkmen
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible Text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterOnline Turkmen Bible
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Turkmen in Pakistan

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People Cluster
    Turkmen     Asia, South    
      Turkmen Pakistan    
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            Turkmen in Pakistan          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Turkmen  
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