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Kalwar Iraqi (Muslim traditions) in India

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Kalwar Iraqi (Muslim traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The Kalwars were traditionally distillers and sellers of alcohol in north and central India. Their name comes from the Sanskrit word for "distiller of liquor." Since this profession was considered demeaning by most castes in Indian society, many Kalwars around the year 1900 began to leave their original trade for other careers. Although some of the Kalwars still are in the liquor business, most have taken jobs in agriculture, business, military and government service.

The Kalwar speak the primary languages of the states where they live including Hindi, Bengali and Magahi. In some of the Indian states where the Kalwar live, they are given the status of being a Scheduled Caste, meaning they get public jobs and special access to university admissions.

Where are they located?
Muslim Iraqi Kalwar people live in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Utarakhand, all states in northern India. A smaller number live in Nepal.

What are their lives like?
Rice and wheat are their staples along with vegetables, fruit and dairy products. Marriage outside of the immediate clan is permitted. Families arrange marriages. The newly married couple lives with or near the groom's family.

Monogamy (marriage to one spouse) and adult marriage are the general rule for the Iraqi Kalwar people. Most live in extended families. Sons inherit property with the oldest son receiving the family house and father's authority.

What are their beliefs?
Though there are Hindus among the Iraqi Kalwars, there are Muslims as well. These Muslims believe that the final word of the almighty God, Allah, were spoken through the prophet Mohammed. They fast during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and the devout ones among them pray five times a day and go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. However, like other Muslims in South Asia, their form of Islam is tainted by Hindu beliefs.

What are their needs?
The Muslim Iraqi Kalwar need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ who paid for their sins by dying on the cross. They need to see biblical Christianity lived out in the lives of true believers. They need to have the opportunity to join Bible-believing fellowships.

Prayer Points
Pray the Lord would send Indian believers to befriend and work with the Muslim Iraqi Kalwars.
Pray that each Iraqi Kalwar would have the opportunity to hear the gospel in an understandable way.
Pray the Lord would win Iraqi Kalwar families to Himself and begin evangelical churches in their midst.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:50,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (47,000)West Bengal (2,400)
Uttarakhand (300)
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People Name in Country: Kalwar Iraqi (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Kalwar Iraqi (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
कलवार इराक़ी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 117972
Joshua Project People ID: 21149
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 50,000
Population all Countries: 57,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Kalwar Iraqi (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Urdu (33,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): urd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bhojpuri (5,600)Bengali (2,000)
Awadhi (70)
Total Languages: 4
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: 1747-1894
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1843-2022
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Kalwar Iraqi (Muslim traditions) in India

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