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Pashtun, Pathan in Nepal

Pashtun, Pathan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
8,900 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Pashtun, Pathan in Nepal

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Introduction / History
The Pushtun (Pashtun or Pathan), are a large and distinctive Muslim community living primarily in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal. The Pushtun cluster of peoples is near 50 million individuals. The Northern Pushtun number over 30 million and live primarily in Pakistan and India. They trace their heritage all the way back to King Saul, the first Hebrew king. In Afghanistan many Taliban come from this ethnic group. Some Pushtun settled in the mountains of India and Nepal during their years of Muslim conquest.

What are their lives like?
Many Pushtun today can be found as landowners across north India and Nepal. They have a mix of urban and rural ways of living; the rural being closer to their traditional nomadic and warrior-like ways. The Northern Pushtun keep to a long-held code of conduct called the Patkhtunwali or 'way of the Pushtun'. Courage, honour, risk-taking, assertiveness and hospitality are all key elements of the Patkhtunwali. They are virtually 100% Sunni Muslim in Nepal and India. The men wear turbans, colourful vests over long-sleeved shirts and loose-fitting trousers. Women wear a salwar and a headcovering called a 'chadar.' There are distinct clans and sub-clans within the Northern Pushtun and women are guarded closely against inter-marrying.

What are their needs?
As devoted Muslims and sometimes fanatical Muslims the Northern Pushtun represent a significant challenge to the Nepal church. Pray for the supernatural witness of miracles and dreams to be used for bringing key individuals to Christ in this influential community. There are no known believers or workers among them in Nepal.

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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:32 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:8,900
Largest Provinces:
Lumbini (3,900)Kosi (1,200)
Narayani (1,000)Bheri (1,000)
Janakpur (500)Bagmati (400)
Mechi (300)Rapti (200)
Sagarmatha (200)Gandaki (80)
Total Provinces on file:12
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  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: 8,900
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: Urdu (7,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): urd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bhojpuri (1,000)Maithili (300)
Marwari (80)
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: 1843-2016
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 - Easy to Read (FCB ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Pakistan Bible So ...
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Audio RecordingsUrdu Online Audio Bible
Film / VideoA Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Ind ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Greatest Sacrifice (
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
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: Revised Urdu Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: UGV Devanagari
Text / Printed MatterBible: اردو جیو ورژن
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterFather's Love Letter
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Pashtun, Pathan in Nepal

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    Pashtun     Asia, South    
      Pashtun, Pathan Nepal    
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