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Shapsug, Circassian in Russia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,000 Adyghe Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Shapsug, Circassian in Russia

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Introduction / History
The Shapsugs are one of 12 Circassian tribes. They established themselves as a feared military force in the late 1700s. This was a time when the Russian Empire was becoming strong enough to deal powerful blows even to other empires like the Ottomans. The Russians had to make deals with the Shapsugs.

In the 1860s, most Circassian people had either been killed or they moved to Turkey, then known as the Ottoman Empire. Between the late 1920s into the 1930s, the Shapsug Circassians were given their own autonomous region. Since that time they have been classified as part of the Adegeis, another Muslim people from this region. They speak a dialect of the Adegei language.

Where are they located?
The Shapsug Circassians in Russia live north of the Black Sea. Many more of them live in Turkey, Syria, Jordan, or Iraq. More of them live in Turkey than in Russia.

What are their lives like?
We know very little about how the Shapsug Circassians live today. Some places that list the peoples of Russia no longer include the Shapsug people.

What are their beliefs?
Like other Circassian people, the Shapsugs are Sunni Muslim. However, they are not devout Muslims. Some of them even eat pork, which is the key taboo for Muslims.

What are their needs?
The Shapsug Circassians in Russia need to internalize the fact that they need a savior, and following any form of religion will not please the One True God.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move mightily to draw Shapsug Circassians to the Lord.
* Pray that these Muslims will recognize that Islam cannot save them from sin or from the eternal consequences of sin.
* Pray for Russian believers to boldly reach out in love to the Shapsugs.
* Pray for a church planting movement among them that will spread throughout their Black Sea homeland.


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Country: Russia
Continent: Asia
Region: Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Persecution Rank:46 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Tuapse District and the Lazarevsky City District (formerly the Shapsug National Raion) of Sochi, both in Krasnodar Krai, and in Adygea
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Shapsug, Circassian
People Name General: Shapsug, Circassian
ROP3 Code: 117319
Joshua Project People ID: 20821
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,000
Population all Countries: 4,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Shapsug, Circassian
Ethnic Code: CEW17a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Adyghe (4,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ady    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Shapsug
Dialect Code:6690
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: 1977-2007
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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 Scripture / Portions
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Adyghe
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
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Shapsug, Circassian in Russia

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