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Afshari in Afghanistan

Afshari

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
13,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.04 % 0.04 %   

Afshari in Afghanistan

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Introduction / History
The Afshari are decendents of the Azerbaijani people of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is in the Caucasus Mountains and was part of the former Soviet Union. Today the Azerbaijani live from the Caucasus to the Iranian plateau. The Afshari language is of Turkic origin and adopts some Persian words. It is also related to the Azerbaijani language.

Where are they located?
The Afshari people can be found in Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. In Afghanistan, Afshari is spoken in parts of Kabul and Herat. Part of the Qizibash merchant group speak this language and are bilingual in Persian or Pashto.

What are their lives like?
The Afshari men practice animal husbandry. The Afshari women are skilled carpet weavers. The women make rugs, runners, and other pieces to sell. The colors used are red, ivory, khaki, burgundy, and navy blue. Strong geometric patterns are used.

Afshari families live in tents made of black goat hair. They move between winter and summer pastures. The Afshari's traditionally migrated on camels or horses but more recently they move around on trucks and motorcycles. Radio is an important contact with the outside world.

What are their beliefs?
Most Afshari people are from the ithna ashari tradition of Islam, a branch of Shia Muslim. Shia's believe that Ali was the proper descendent of Muhammad. Other Ashari are Hanafi Muslims. Hanafi is one of the four major schools of Sunni Muslim. Hanafi is the largest of these schools and puts a greater emphasis on opinion and reason. Afshari hold to historical sites and believe in the spiritual community of Islam. Muslim Afshari women have more freedom than others and often work outside the home.

Prayer Points
* Pray that Afshari language Christian broadcasts would reach seeking ears.
* Pray that Afshari would accept the message of Christ and have the opportunity to grow in Him.
* Pray for the birth and growth of the Afshari church.

References
http://goo.gl/cESZ6
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/2009/11/22
http://goo.gl/KhJTi
http://www.afghan-network.net/Culture/languages.html

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Global Prayer Digest: 2007-11-01
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Country: Afghanistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Central Asia
Persecution Rank:3 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Afshari in small groups north of Kabul, Chandaul quarter of Kabul City, Herat City
(Source: Ethnologue 2010)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Afshari
People Name General: Afshari
ROP3 Code: 100096
Joshua Project People ID: 19409
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 13,000
Population all Countries: 375,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Azerbaijani
People Name General: Afshari
Ethnic Code: MSY41a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Azerbaijani, South
Language Code (ISO): azb    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Afshari
Dialect Code:3389
Secondary Languages:
Dari (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Sub-division:Sunni
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.04 %(Evangelical: 0.04 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.96 % 
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
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
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: Yes
New Testament:
YesAudio
Complete Bible: 2013
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
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 / VideoJesus Film: view in Azerbaijani, South
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterAzeri Scripture Resources
Text / Printed MatterBible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed MatterBible: Iranian Azeri Bible
 
 
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Afshari in Afghanistan

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