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Shahseven in Azerbaijan

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

Shahseven in Azerbaijan

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Introduction / History
The Shahseven are a sub-ethnic group of Azerbaijanis, living near the border between Azerbaijan and Iran. They are semi-nomadic, being primarily shepherds. Their name means "lover of the Shah" or "adherents of the Shah," in reference to the traditional king of Persia.

Where are they located?
Most Shahseven people live in Iran, but there are some still residing in Azerbaijan.

What are their lives like?
As nomadic shepherds, their lives are very difficult by our standards. They must move their livestock to even find adequate water or grazing lands. Their diet is often restricted to what their livestock can provide; meat and milk. Semi-nomadic peoples are often viewed as rivals or as a nuisance by settled people groups.

What are their beliefs?
Like most other people groups in Iran and Azerbaijan, the Shahsevens are Shi'ite Muslims.

What are their needs?
Like other people groups that depend on livestock, the Shahsevan people need veterinarians to help take care of their livestock.

Prayer Points
* Pray the Lord will grant the Shahseven people a growing desire to know Jesus Christ and to follow Him. Pray the Lord will open their spiritual eyes to see Jesus as He really is.
* Pray for mature Christians to be sent to disciple them in His ways.
* Pray for healthy livestock which can sustain the people.
* Pray for parents to understand the importance of providing good schooling for their children so that the next generation will be prepared for the rapid changes of the 21st century.


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Country: Azerbaijan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
10/40 Window: Yes
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Shahseven
People Name General: Shahseven
ROP3 Code: 108898
Joshua Project People ID: 14885
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,000
Population all Countries: 90,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Azerbaijani
People Name General: Shahseven
Ethnic Code: MSY41a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Azerbaijani, South (2,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): azb    Ethnologue Listing
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 % 
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: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2013
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsNetwork of Azerbaijani Partnerships
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Azerbaijani, South
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterAzeri Scripture Resources
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Iranian Azeri Bible
Text / Printed MatterMulti-Language Media
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Shahseven in Azerbaijan

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Azerbaijani     Asia, Central    
      Shahseven Azerbaijan    
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            Shahseven in Azerbaijan          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Azerbaijani, South  
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