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Iranun, Sabah in Malaysia

Iranun, Sabah

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
31,000 Iranun Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Iranun, Sabah in Malaysia

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Introduction / History
Iranun used to be a nation and was the Uranen Kingdom. They used to make raids as pirates long ago.

The Iranun live in villages in the Kota Belud and Lahad Datu regions and elsewhere too in Sabah on north Borneo. Sabah belongs to Malaysia. They are Sunni Muslims who speak Iranun and Sabah Malay.

The Iranun moved from Mindanao in the Philippines. Historical reasons have caused the Iranun to come to Sabah. There were social and political relations between Iranun and Malaysia in the 1500's. They also come now looking for better prospects for them and their families.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God gives the Iranun dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that as they read the Koran that they will want to know more about Jesus, read the Bible and give their lives to Jesus Christ.
* 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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Country: Malaysia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:40 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Sabah: Kota Belud district, 24 villages; Kudat district, Indarasan Laut village; Lahad Datu district, Tungku.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Iranun, Sabah
People Name General: Iranun, Sabah
ROP3 Code: 117614
Joshua Project People ID: 20962
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 31,000
Population all Countries: 31,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Filipino, Muslim
People Name General: Iranun, Sabah
Ethnic Code: MSY44
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Iranun (31,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ilm    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions25.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam75.00 % 
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 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]
None Reported
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Iranun, Sabah in Malaysia

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Filipino, Muslim     Asia, Southeast    
      Iranun, Sabah Malaysia    
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            Iranun, Sabah in Malaysia          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Iranun  
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