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Afshari in Iran


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
378,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Afshari in Iran

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Introduction / History
The Afshari are descendants from the larger Azerbaijani people cluster that occupies a wide area from Caucasus to the Iranian plateau. The Afshars (sometimes spelled Avshar) are a nomadic turkic tribe which originated in central Asia and is now found in parts of Iran, Syria and Turkey. Many Afshari make their home in the area surrounding the Iranian city of Kemerman.

What are their lives like?
The Afshari are well known as skilled carpet weavers. The men practice animal husbandry, while the women sell their highly prized rugs, runners and decorative pieces. Their large families live in tents in tents hand- woven from black goat hair. They are semi -nomadic, moving between winter and summer pasture lands. In recent decades trucks and motorcycles have replaced camels and horses. Most Afshari families own a radio and a cassette recorder, they are connected to the world by radio and they love to listen to music.

What are their beliefs?
The Afshari are primarily Muslims of the ithna ashari tradition but there are some Hanafite Muslims as well. Isla, among the Afshari is a reflection of the historical ties that exist between Azerbaijan and Iran. Until the twentieth century, most Afshari identified themselves as Muslim rather than Azerbaijani. They believe that being a"spiritual community of Islam" was much more important that being a nation. Among the Afshari, religious practices are less restrictive of women's activities than in most of Muslim countries. The majority of Afshari have jobs outside the home and a few have attained leadership positions. However, some evidence of the traditional, restrictive female role remains.

What are their needs?
The Afshari livng in Iran are very resistant to the Gospel. Currently, there are no known believers among them. The availability of the Jesus film and scriptures are all positive developments.

Prayer Points
* Pray for Christian radio programming in the Afshari dialect of Azerbaijani.
* Pray that gospel recordings will soon be distributed in their communities.
* Pray that Afshari people who may have studied abroad and become believers in Christ will return to their people and spread the gospel.

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-09-08
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-10-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-11-24
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Country: Iran
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
Persecution Rank:8 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Widespread, especially north and central.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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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: Afshari
People Name General: Afshari
ROP3 Code: 100096
Joshua Project People ID: 19409
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 378,000
Population all Countries: 393,000
Least-Reached: Yes
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 (378,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): azb    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Afshari
Dialect Code:3389
Total Languages: 1
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
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: 2013
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsNetwork of Azerbaijani Partnerships
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Azerbaijani, South
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
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Text / Printed MatterAzeri Scripture Resources
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Iranian Azeri Bible
Text / Printed MatterDownload scripture in this language
Text / Printed MatterMulti-Language Media
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Afshari in Iran

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Azerbaijani     Asia, Central    
      Afshari Iran    
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            Afshari in Iran          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Azerbaijani, South  
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