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Deaf in Turkey

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
417,000 Turkish Sign Language Islam 0.21 % Unknown No No   

Deaf in Turkey

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Introduction / History
In Turkey there is no Sign Language in Deaf schools. Most of the Deaf are born to parents who can hear. There are variations in the use of Turkish Sign Language in different parts of the country but in spite of this it is possible for these Deaf people to understand each other.

Turkish Sign Language is a visual one. There has been little or no use of Sign Language in Deaf schools in Turkey since the early nineteen fifties. Sign Language has been replaced by oral education. There are attempts now to get Sign Language into schools here. There are many Deaf schools in Turkey.

The Turkish Federation for the Deaf was formed in the 1960s and since then there have been many Deaf clubs.

Turkey is officially a secular state but Islam is the religion here.

Prayer Points
* Pray that Turkish Christians will find ways of leading the Turkish Deaf to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that Turkish Sign Language will be taught in Turkish schools.


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Country: Turkey
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
Persecution Rank:26 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
ROP3 Code: 114916
Joshua Project People ID: 19007
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 417,000
Population all Countries: 46,968,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Turkish Sign Language (417,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tsm    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.21 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.02 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam96.64 % 
Non-Religious3.10 % 
Other / Small0.03 % 
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 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Deaf in Turkey

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Deaf     Asia, Central    
      Deaf Turkey    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Deaf in Turkey          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Turkish Sign Language  
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