Country: Iran

Number of People Groups

93

People Groups Unreached

85

Total Population

78,466,000

Unreached Population

77,907,000

% Christian Adherent

0.8%

% Evangelical

0.4 %

Largest Religion

Islam (98.7%)

Official Language

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Photo People Group Population Progress
Scale
Primary Language Primary Religion %
Christian
%
Evangelical
Indigenous
 Afshari 355,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Aimaq, Jamshidi 29,000 Aimaq Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Aimaq, Timuri 192,000 Aimaq Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Alviri-Vidari 1,000 Alviri-Vidari Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Arab, Gulf 260,000 Arabic, Gulf Spoken Islam 1.2 % 0.1 %
 Arab, Iranian 1,450,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.3 % 0.1 %
 Armenian, Ermini 102,000 Armenian Christianity 94.0 % 8.0 %
 Assyrian 103,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 97.0 % 0.5 %
 Astiani 25,000 Ashtiani Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Aynallu, Inallu 6,100 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk 15,375,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.1 % 0.1 %
Baharlu 9,200 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Bakhtiari 1,171,000 Bakhtiari Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Baloch, Southern 474,000 Balochi, Southern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Baloch, Western 704,000 Balochi, Western Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Bashkardi 8,300 Bashkardi Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Brahui, Kur Galli 22,000 Brahui Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 British 3,200 English Christianity 60.0 % 8.0 %
 Deaf Unknown Persian Sign Language Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Fars, Northwestern 8,200 Fars, Northwestern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Fars, Southwestern 104,000 Fars, Southwestern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 French 9,300 French Christianity 63.0 % 1.0 %
Gabri, Dari 14,000 Dari, Zoroastrian O Other / Small 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Galeshi 2,600 Gilaki Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Gazi 8,400 Gazi Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Georgian 62,000 Georgian Christianity 79.0 % 1.5 %
 Gilaki 4,244,000 Gilaki Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Gujarati 34,000 Gujarati Islam 0.5 % 0.1 %
Gurani, Hawrami 27,000 Gurani Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Gypsy, Domari 785,000 Domari Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Harzani 33,000 Harzani Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Hazara 368,000 Hazaragi Islam 0.1 % 0.0 %
 Herki 21,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Italian 6,700 Italian Christianity 83.0 % 1.1 %
Jadgali 10,000 Jadgali Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Jew, Hulaula 300 Hulaula E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
Jew, Judeo-Persian 9,000 Dzhidi E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Karakalpak 51,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Karingani 21,000 Karingani Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Kazakh 6,000 Kazakh Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Khalaj 50,000 Khalaj Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Khalaj, Turkic 51,000 Khalaj, Turkic Islam 0.8 % 0.5 %
 Khorasani Turk 886,000 Khorasani Turkish Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Khunsari 25,000 Khunsari Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Korean 17,000 Korean Non-Religious 31.0 % 16.0 %
Koroshi 400 Koroshi Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Kumzari 600 Kumzari Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Kurd, Central 527,000 Kurdish, Central Islam 0.2 % 0.0 %
 Kurd, Kurmanji 465,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.4 % 0.1 %
 Kurd, Southern 3,547,000 Kurdish, Southern Islam 0.1 % 0.0 %
Lak 1,161,000 Laki Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Larestani, Lari 112,000 Lari Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Lasgerdi 1,100 Lasgerdi Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Luri, Northern 1,757,000 Luri, Northern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Luri, Southern 957,000 Luri, Southern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Mamasani 118,000 Luri, Southern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Mandaean 7,800 Mandaic O Other / Small 2.0 % 0.0 %
 Mazanderani 4,246,000 Mazanderani Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Moqaddam 1,200 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Mussulman Tat 8,900 Tat, Muslim Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Nafar, Nafar Turk 4,300 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Natanzi 8,400 Natanzi Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Nayini 8,300 Nayini Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Parsee 26,000 Parsi-Dari O Other / Small 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Pashtun, Southern 2,197,000 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Persian 30,132,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 1.0 % 0.9 %
Pishagchi 1,200 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Punjabi 34,000 Panjabi, Eastern Hinduism 1.0 % 0.1 %
Qajar 3,700 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Qaragozlu 2,500 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Qashqai, Kashkai 1,836,000 Kashkay Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Romani, Balkan 34,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 5.0 % 0.4 %
Rudbari 500 Rudbari Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Russian 2,500 Russian Christianity 67.0 % 1.2 %
Sangisari 40,000 Sangisari Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Semnani 65,000 Semnani Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Shahmirzadi 6,200 Shahmirzadi Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Shahrudi 1,000 Shahrudi Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Shahsavani 159,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.5 % 0.2 %
 Shikaki 27,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Sivandi 8,400 Sivandi Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Soi 8,400 Soi Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Sorkhei 11,000 Sorkhei Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tajik, Afghan 370,000 Dari Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tajik, Tadzhik 84,000 Tajiki Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Takistani 374,000 Takestani Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Talysh, Talish 146,000 Talysh Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Taromi, Upper 1,000 Taromi, Upper Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Turk 11,000 Turkish Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Turkmen, Turkomani 2,448,000 Turkmen Islam 0.3 % 0.1 %
 Urdu, Islami 84,000 Urdu Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Uyghur 5,900 Uyghur Islam 0.1 % 0.0 %
 Vafsi 21,000 Vafsi Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
  Totals:  93 78,212,000 85     0.8 % 0.4 %  

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.4 %)
0.8 %
Ethnic Religions
0.0 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
98.7 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
0.3 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.2 %
Independent
17.5 %
Orthodox
69.2 %
Other Christian
0.3 %
Protestant
3.8 %
Roman Catholic
8.9 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the People Group who lives in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by People Group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

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  • Church planting agencies in Iran
  • Christian ministry in Iran
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
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  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
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