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Zargar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

Zargar (Muslim traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,700 Shina Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Zargar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
As late as the 19th century there were reports of highway robbery by the Zargar people, and they had a bad reputation as armed robbers. Their three ancestors probably "migrated" by force to their current homelands in Pakistan and India when three brothers with giftings in goldsmith skills were moved by the Ottoman Empire. The Zargar people are related to the Romani (Gypsy) peoples through language and culture. Their language, Zargari, is a dialect of Romani. Hindu Zargar people live all over northwestern India. A smaller number live in Pakistan.

What are their lives like?
A search on the Internet turns up snippets such as this: They are a Romani-related ethnic group deriving from Zargar, Iran. They live in Jammu and Kashmir and speak Dogri. Most are Muslim, but a minority are Hindu. That is the extent to which the general reader can obtain data on the Zargar. Though they once had many clans, the Zargar people have since been simplified as a people. Like other peoples, they do not marry between religious communities, so there is no inter-marriage between Muslim and Hindu Zargars.

What are their beliefs?
The Zangar people are officially Muslims, but like many Muslims, they depend on other spiritual forces for their daily needs. There are also Hindu Zargar people who worship the Hindu gods.

What are their needs?
The Zargar peoples need to submit to Jesus Christ and accept His ways so they can enjoy abundant life and forgiveness of sin.

Prayer Points
Pray for workers to go to the Zargar people. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray there will be a Disciple Making Movement among the Zargar people this decade.


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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:7 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:9,700
Largest Provinces:
Gilgit-Baltistan (8,200)Azad Kashmir (1,100)
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People Name in Country: Zargar (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Zargar (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Zangianiज़रगर (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113179
Joshua Project People ID: 17727
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,700
Population all Countries: 15,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Zargar (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Shina (6,600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): scl    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Burushaski (1,700)Pahari-Potwari (500)
Kashmiri (400)Urdu (200)
Hindko, Northern (100)Hindko, Southern (80)
Total Languages: 7
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: 1929
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Shina
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