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Khinalug, Ketsh Khalkh in Azerbaijan

Khinalug, Ketsh Khalkh

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,400 Khinalugh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Khinalug, Ketsh Khalkh in Azerbaijan

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Introduction / History
The Khinalug people have lived for many centuries in one village situated high in the mountains of Azerbaijan, near the Sahdag peak in the Quba district. Xinaliq village is located seventy km by road southwest of Quba town. It is the highest populated location in Azerbaijan, reaching an elevation of 2,500 m above sea level.

Houses in the village are constructed of stone, with traditional flat earth-and-timber roofs which form terraces reached by wooden ladders from below or from the connecting streets above. Xinaliq village is famous for its unique language, which is native to no other location.

The population figures cited by officials and other individuals suggest that the current Khinalug population of Azerbaijan is probably between 2,000 and 3,000. Everyone currently living in Xinaliq village is ethnically Khinalug, except for a few women.

The people of Xinaliq village are Sunni Muslim. The residents said that Islam plays an important role in the life of the village. For Khinalug, the most important purposes were family life, communication within the village, and gaining prestige among others in the village. A secondary purpose for Khinalug, especially among women, was religious activity. Men also felt Khinalug was important for making money. Khinalug was not considered to be at all important for obtaining news.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-03-24
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-09-19
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Country: Azerbaijan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
Persecution Rank:50 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Quba district: Khinalugh village.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Khinalug, Ketsh Khalkh
People Name General: Khinalug
Alternate People Names:
Ketsh Khalkh
ROP3 Code: 104944
Joshua Project People ID: 12660
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,400
Population all Countries: 2,400
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Khinalug
Ethnic Code: CEW17b
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Primary Language: Khinalugh (2,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kjj    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Sub-division:Sunni
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
GSEC Status:Level 0   No evangelical Christians or churches. No access to major evangelical print, audio, visual, or human resources
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Khinalug, Ketsh Khalkh in Azerbaijan

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Caucasus     Asia, Central    
      Khinalug Azerbaijan    
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      Religion Language  
      Islam     Khinalugh  
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