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Afshari in Afghanistan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
16,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.04 % 0.04 %   

Afshari in Afghanistan

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Introduction / History
The Afshari are decendents of the Azerbaijani people of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is in the Caucasus Mountains and was part of the former Soviet Union. Today the Azerbaijani live from the Caucasus to the Iranian plateau. The Afshari language is of Turkic origin and adopts some Persian words. It is also related to the Azerbaijani language.

Where are they located?
The Afshari people can be found in Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. In Afghanistan, Afshari is spoken in parts of Kabul and Herat. Part of the Qizibash merchant group speak this language and are bilingual in Persian or Pashto.

What are their lives like?
The Afshari men practice animal husbandry. The Afshari women are skilled carpet weavers. The women make rugs, runners, and other pieces to sell. The colors used are red, ivory, khaki, burgundy, and navy blue. Strong geometric patterns are used.

Afshari families live in tents made of black goat hair. They move between winter and summer pastures. The Afshari's traditionally migrated on camels or horses but more recently they move around on trucks and motorcycles. Radio is an important contact with the outside world.

What are their beliefs?
Most Afshari people are from the ithna ashari tradition of Islam, a branch of Shia Muslim. Shia's believe that Ali was the proper descendent of Muhammad. Other Ashari are Hanafi Muslims. Hanafi is one of the four major schools of Sunni Muslim. Hanafi is the largest of these schools and puts a greater emphasis on opinion and reason. Afshari hold to historical sites and believe in the spiritual community of Islam. Muslim Afshari women have more freedom than others and often work outside the home.

Prayer Points
Pray that Afshari language Christian broadcasts would reach seeking ears.
Pray that Afshari would accept the message of Christ and have the opportunity to grow in Him.
Pray for the birth and growth of the Afshari church.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2007-11-01
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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:Afshari in small groups north of Kabul, Chandaul quarter of Kabul City, Herat City
(Source: Ethnologue 2010)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Afshari
People Name General: Afshari
ROP3 Code: 100096
Joshua Project People ID: 19409
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 16,000
Population all Countries: 415,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Azerbaijani
People Name General: Afshari
Ethnic Code: MSY41a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Azerbaijani, South
Language Code (ISO): azb    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Afshari
Dialect Code:3389
Secondary Languages:
Dari (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Sub-division:Sunni
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.04 %(Evangelical: 0.04 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.96 % 
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
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
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: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2009-2013
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Azerbaijani, South
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Azerbaijani, South
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Afshari in Afghanistan

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People Cluster
    Azerbaijani     Asia, Central    
      Afshari Afghanistan    
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            Afshari in Afghanistan          
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      Islam     Azerbaijani, South  
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