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Turk, Meskhetian in Azerbaijan

Turk, Meskhetian

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11,000 Azerbaijani, North Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Turk, Meskhetian in Azerbaijan

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Introduction / History
The Meskhetian Turks originated in Georgia on the border with Turkey. They are named after a province called Meskheti. Though Turkic tribes had long since settled in Meskheti, it was the Turkish military expedition of 1578 that led to these people being thought of as a separate people group.

During the rule of Soviet Dictator Josef Stalin, the Meskhetian Turks were spread out throughout Central Asia. Most remain in these Central Asian nations, though some are in Turkey. They once had highly productive farms, but these were lost when they were moved during WWII. They are still feeling the effects from that time.

Where are they located?
Today they are spread throughout several of the former Soviet republics of Georgia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. A small number of them reside in Turkey. Those who were settled in Uzbekistan faced violent persecution in 1989, and many had to once again re-settled in either the United States or Azerbaijan.

What are their lives like?
Because their lives were radically disrupted during WW2, and they are still trying to deal with the after affects, the Meskhetian Turks highly value social cohesiveness. They are hoping for a cultural rebirth. They feel a strong need to become united with one another, though that is very difficult given the fact they are scattered throughout Central Asia.

They have been banned from living in cities, and few have ever been part of an intellectual community. This is a rural people known as excellent farmers. Though they are accepted in Azerbaijan, they face a shortage of housing and work.

What are their beliefs?
The Meskhetian Turks are Sunni Muslims with a small minority of Shi'ite Muslims among them. They perform Muslim rituals, but also have their own pre-Islamic practices which involve superstitions, sorcery, and magic. Some wear amulets and talismans which they believe will protect them.

What are their needs?
The Meskhetian Turks in Azerbaijan need jobs. They are a rural people who have much to offer the Azeri majority through their farming skills.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God would give new spiritual awareness to the Meskhetian Turks in all of the places they call home.
* Pray that new relationships will begin between them and God's people.
* Pray that the Church will be intentional about reaching Meskhetian Turks for Christ.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement among the Meskhetian Turks in Azerbaijan.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20631/AJ
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meskhetian_Turks
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turks_in_Azerbaijan
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Meskhetian_Turks.aspx
http://refugee.wikispaces.com/Meskhetian+Turks
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Meskhetian-Turks/
https://www.culturalsurvival.org/ourpublications/csq/article/population-transfer-the-tragedy-meskhetian-turks
http://peoplegroups.org/explore/GroupDetails.aspx?peid=24092

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Global Prayer Digest: 2013-09-07
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Country: Azerbaijan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
Persecution Rank:50 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Turk, Meskhetian
People Name General: Turk, Meskhetian
ROP3 Code: 115687
Joshua Project People ID: 20631
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 11,000
Population all Countries: 180,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Turkish
People Name General: Turk, Meskhetian
Ethnic Code: MSY41j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Azerbaijani, North (11,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): azj    Ethnologue Listing
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
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1842-1891
New Testament:
2004Audio
Complete Bible: 1891-2004
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 / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Azerbaijani, North
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
GeneralBible.az
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
 
 
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