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Yazgul in Tajikistan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
11,000 Yazgulyam Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Yazgul in Tajikistan

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Introduction / History
Yazgul is more of a language than an ethnic group. It has two dialects, one for those who live in the mountains, and another for those who live at lower elevations. Most people who speak this language also speak Tajik, the national language of Tajikistan.

Where are they located?
Yazgul speakers like in Tajikistan's Khation Province, and Gorno-Badakshan Province.

What are their lives like?
Though the two Yazgul speaking groups (higher and lower elevations) are both agricultural, they grow different crops. Those in the lower elevations are more likely to have orchards, while those in the mountains must depend more heavily on livestock. Both groups also send hand crafts.

What are their beliefs?
The primary religion practiced by Yazgul speakers is Shi'ite Islam, one of two major denominations of Islam. They live among mainly Sunni Muslims. There is often hostility between the two sectors of Islam.

What are their needs?
Many of these people (especially those who live in the mountains) are isolated from any gospel witness.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Yazgul speakers will be able to access gospel recordings and Bible portions.
* Pray for the Lord to send out someone to take Christ to the Yazgul speakers.
* Pray for a strong disciple making movement to emerge among these Muslims.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.


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Country: Tajikistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
Persecution Rank:29 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Kuhistoni Badakhshon province, Yazgulyam river valley, Motravn, Shavud, Budun, Vishkharv, Andarbag, Zhamag, Zaich, and Ubaghn; Kuybishev area; Dushanbe area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Yazgul
People Name General: Yazgul
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 111016
Joshua Project People ID: 16013
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 11,000
Population all Countries: 11,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Tajik
People Name General: Yazgul
Ethnic Code: CNT24g
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Yazgulyam
Language Code (ISO): yah    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Tajik (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
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
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: 2001
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Yazgul in Tajikistan

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People Cluster
    Tajik     Asia, Central    
      Yazgul Tajikistan    
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      Islam     Yazgulyam  
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