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Pashtun, Pathan in Sri Lanka

Pashtun, Pathan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
41,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Pashtun, Pathan in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
The Pashtuns first arrived in Sri Lanka as traders from the 15th to the 19th century. In the 19th century, there were economic troubles in their homeland that led some of them to settle either in southern India or Sri Lanka. Those who stayed permanently established their households by marrying local women. As time went on the Pashtuns tended to blend in with other Muslim peoples of Sri Lanka.

Where are they located?
The vast majority of the Pashtuns still live in either Afghanistan or Pakistan, but some have migrated to other parts of the world including Sri Lanka.

What are their lives like?
Since the Pashtuns have been in Sri Lanka for many years, they are not as distinct as they are in other parts of the world. On a social level they are blended in with other Muslim peoples whom they meet at the Sunni Muslim mosques. But they have not blended in with other peoples in Sri Lanka in regards to religious beliefs.

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 Sri Lanka. They remain Sunni Muslims. Their religion is an important part of their identity as a people.

What are their needs?
Pashtuns need the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do: Open their eyes so they can see Jesus as he really is.

Prayer Points
* Ask God to call those who are willing to go to Sri Lanka and share Christ with the Pashtuns and other Muslim peoples.
* Pray that God will encourage and protect the small number of Pashtun believers wherever they live.
* Ask God to soften the hearts of the Pashtuns 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 Sri Lanka.


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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:46 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:41,000
Largest Provinces:
Eastern (11,000)Western (9,900)
Central (7,100)North Western (5,700)
North Central (2,800)Sabaragamuwa (2,200)
Northern (1,000)Uva (800)
Southern (300)
Total Provinces on file:9
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Country Map:Political map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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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: 41,000
Population all Countries: 11,631,000
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: Tamil
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bengali (Unknown)Pashto, Southern (Unknown)
Urdu (Unknown)
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: 1714-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1727-2002
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 RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGeneral Ministry Resources
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Old Version Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Pashtun, Pathan in Sri Lanka

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People Cluster
    Pashtun     South Asia    
      Pashtun, Pathan Sri Lanka    
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