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Tsakhur in Azerbaijan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
30,000 Tsakhur Islam 0.03 % 0.00 % No No   

Tsakhur in Azerbaijan

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Introduction / History
These lines from Song of Solomon could be the words of a Tsakhur person:

"Do not stare at me because I am dark-complected; for the sun has burned me... They made me caretaker of the vineyards, but I have not taken care of my own vineyard."

The Tsakhur are a proud mountain people, living in 13 villages in the high mountains of southern Dagestan in Russia and in 23 villages/towns across the border in northwestern Azerbaijan—at least 50,000 total population. To the Russians and Azerbaijanis, the Tsakhurs are "the wild mountain ones, primitive, with dark features." And in the southern reaches of Tsakhur territory, they do tend vineyards, although sheepherding and working with wool have been the primary economic feature of Tsakhur village life.

Prior to 1850, for centuries the Tsakhur were ruled by their own Tsakhur sultanate. And the Tsakhur are famous for their proverbs and love of wisdom. Tsakhur history is a rich tapestry of rugged beauty and communal identity, but one also beset with tragedy and a lack of grace. Islam gained ascendancy in the Tsakhur world a millenium ago, and at the present moment there are no known Tsakhurs who are infused with the grace of Jesus and His life-transforming Spirit. "I have not taken care of my own vineyard..."

Prayer Points
* Pray for bridges of respect and friendship from bearers of the gospel of Jesus to expand in the Tsakhur world.
* Pray for wide listening of an oral recording of the Gospel of Luke in Tsakhur finished in 2008, and for effective distribution of a brilliant audio version (2013) of the Book of Proverbs in Tsakhur.
* Pray that in this decade many Tsakhur will be infused with Jesus' grace and the Fruit of the Spirit—Galatians 5:22-23.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-03-29
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-11-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-03-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-09-27
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-25
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-11-26
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Country: Azerbaijan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Qakh and Zaqatala districts. 16 villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Tsakhur
People Name General: Tsakhur
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 110205
Joshua Project People ID: 15587
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 30,000
Population all Countries: 43,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Tsakhur
Ethnic Code: CEW17b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tsakhur (30,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tkr    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Sub-division:Sunni
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.03 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.97 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian100.00 %
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 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Text / Printed MatterIBT Russia - resources
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Tsakhur in Azerbaijan

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People Cluster
    Caucasus     Asia, Central    
      Tsakhur Azerbaijan    
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            Tsakhur in Azerbaijan          
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      Islam     Tsakhur  
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