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Pashtun, Pathan in Bangladesh

Pashtun, Pathan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
170,000 Bengali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Pashtun, Pathan in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History
Passionate is a word that well describes much about the Pashtun tribes, who originated in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They are said to love or hate with equal intensity, displaying fierce loyalty to friends, yet defending the right of badal - revenge or blood feuds where enemies are concerned. An old proverb reveals much, "He is no Pashtun who does not give a blow for a punch." Thus, it is no surprise that the infamous Taliban fighters of Afghanistan originated among the Pashtun.

Though the Taliban is far from Bangladesh, some Pashtuns have made their way to that distant part of South Asia. Like the Bengali majority, they adhere to Sunni Islam.

Where are they located?
The vast majority of the Pashtuns live in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but others live outside their traditional homelands including Bangladesh.

What are their lives like?
Pashtun culture adheres to a rigid, unwritten "code of ethics" - the Pushtunwali (the way of the Pashtun). Behavior expected without question includes hospitality and protection for guests, provision of refuge to a fugitive and acceptance of a sincere offer of peace, bravery, steadfastness, persistence, defense of property and family honor and protection of female relatives - values for which death is not too high a price to pay.

Hard lives, however, find joy and relaxation in music that includes folk songs or dancing accompanied by stringed instruments and tambourines. Poetry and storytelling have long been favorite pastimes, as are segregated gatherings just to visit or to have pleasant conversation with friends.

What are their beliefs?
Members of the Islamic religion are very difficult to influence. Pashtuns who decide to follow Christ are likely to be banished from their families. Consequently, there have been very few spiritual inroads among the Pashtuns wherever they live, including Bangladesh.

What are their needs?
revenge and lack of forgiveness. There can be no spiritual progress until they realize that they must let go of the things that hold them back spiritually.

Prayer Points
* Pray for peace in the hearts of the Pashtun peoples.
* Ask God to call those who are willing to go to Bangladesh and share Christ with the Pashtun.
* Pray that God will encourage and protect the small number of Pashtun believers wherever they live.
* Ask God to soften the hearts of the Pashtun towards believers so that they will be open to the gospel.
Pray for an unstoppable disciple making movement among the Pashtuns that will affect their communities in Bangladesh.

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Country: Bangladesh
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:48 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:170,000
Largest Provinces:
Dhaka (52,000)Rangpur (29,000)
Rajshahi (28,000)Chittagong (23,000)
Khulna (21,000)Sylhet (8,700)
Barisal (8,700)
Total Provinces on file:7
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People Name in Country: Pashtun, Pathan
People Name General: Pashtun, Pathan
Alternate People Names:
पश्तून, पठान
ROP3 Code: 116298
Joshua Project People ID: 21537
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 170,000
Population all Countries: 11,705,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Pashtun
People Name General: Pashtun, Pathan
Ethnic Code: CNT24a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bengali (135,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ben    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Sylheti (6,600)Chittagonian (4,100)
Urdu (4,000)Pashto, Central (900)
Tippera (40)
Total Languages: 6
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: 1800-1980
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1809-2000
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 - Bangla Version (F ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Mussolmani Versio ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament- Common Version (FC ...
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoI Am Guilty (
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Burning Heart (
Film / VideoThe Prophets Story (
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkad ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Standard Bangla Common Language
Text / Printed MatterBible: কিতাবুল মোক ...
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Pashtun, Pathan in Bangladesh

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    Pashtun     Asia, South    
      Pashtun, Pathan Bangladesh    
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