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Turkmen, Middle-Eastern in Syria

Turkmen, Middle-Eastern

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
360,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Turkmen, Middle-Eastern in Syria

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Introduction / History
Each Turkmen tribe has its own individual history of when they migrated to the Middle East. Some tribes arrived at the time of Genghis Khan. Others arrived later during the Ottoman Empire. During the 1920 after the breakup of the Ottoman Empire Turkey enacted language reforms in which they changed their alphabet from a modified Arabic script to a Latin alphabet. In addition to changing the letters they also removed much of the Arabic and Persian borrow words that previously existed. As a result of this change, the Turkish spoken in Turkey became much different than that of that which is spoken by other neighboring Turkic dialects.

Where are they located?
There are Turkmen populations located throughout the Middle East, and even some in North Africa. Some Turkmen self-identify as Turks, whereas others identify as Turkmen.

What are their lives like?
The lives can be quite different based on how integrated they are into their society. In Syria, there are both Sunni Turkmen that live and even marry into Arab families. They blend in and are generally able to find work without much difficulty. However, Alawite Turkmen are often mistaken as Gypsies or Dom - they do not blend in and as a result they have a hard time getting work. They are very uneasy of being around people who are from outside the tribe.

What are their beliefs?
They are majority Muslim.

What are their needs?
The New Testament is in draft form and is still undergoing editing to ensure that the translation can be understood by as many tribes as possible. The Jesus film has also been translated and is hopefully to be dubbed sometime in 2019. The Old Testament still has a lot of work left to go.

Prayer Points
There is one evangelical Turkmen Church. It is growing very steadily. Pray for the boldness and protection of believers.

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Country: Syria
Continent: Asia
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:12 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Southern Syria, Quneitra region of Golan. Several tribes in Golan. Also in other areas of Syria.
(Source: Field worker)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Turkmen, Middle-Eastern
People Name General: Turkmen, Middle-Eastern
ROP3 Code: 118355
Joshua Project People ID: 21538
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 360,000
Population all Countries: 3,124,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Turkish
People Name General: Turkmen, Middle-Eastern
Ethnic Code: MSY41
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Turkish (360,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tur    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Levantine Turkmen
Dialect Code:30002
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 % 
Islam98.00 % 
Non-Religious2.00 % 
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: 1782-1985
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1827-2009
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
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Turkish
Film / VideoLove letter to you from scripture
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRivka video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralWalk with the Prophets and meet the Mess ...
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Turkish
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Turkish
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Turkmen, Middle-Eastern in Syria

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      Turkmen, Middle-Eastern Syria    
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