Akhvakh, Axvax in Russia

Joshua Project has identified the Akhvakh only in Russia






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The mullah wrote the Arabic Qu'ran verses with ink pen on a piece of paper, soaked the paper in a cup of water until the ink dissolved in the water and then had the ill girl drink the water, accompanied by memorized Arabic incantations. The ten-year-old girl had been seriously ill for a week with intestinal turmoil and difficulty swallowing, and the family had asked for this special 'folk Islam' ritual.

In a nearby town an Akhvakh family, who had been bothered by a troubling spiritual presence in their home and a string of bad luck, called upon the local exorcist to come and engage in ritualistic work to at first appease the troubling spirits and then seek to overpower and expel them from the family dwelling.

Throughout all the peoples of Dagestan such folk Islam practices are widespread and exist alongside official Islam and its Five Pillars. One Dagestani scholar suggests that such animistic 'folk Islamic' practices are especially strong among the Akhvakh, although not much less so among the other 33 language groups of Dagestan.

Where Are they Located?

The Akhvakh of Dagestan, with their own distinct language, live in 9 major villages or towns in the mountainous region of west central Dagestan, and also in several Akhvakh enclaves in Dagestani urban areas. Names of Akhvakh villages: Tsvakilkolo, Kvankero, Tadmagitl', Kudiyab-roso, Izano, Lologonitl', Tliyanub, Tsekob and Rat-lyub

Prayer Points

* Pray that this same empowered love will find entrance deep into Akhvakh culture. – Good news: in the lowland region of Dagestan, an Akhvakh mother and her teenage daughter have recently come to Jesus; these are the first two known Akhvakh believers.
* Pray for representatives of Jesus' matchless grace to become true friends of Akhvakh culture, honoring and helping preserve the unique Akhvakh language.
* Pray for doors to open for simple prayer in love in the name of Jesus, as His Word goes out with signs and wonders following (Heb.2:4).
* Pray for the two female Akhvakh believers in their relationships with their Akhvakh family & clan relationships—II Cor. 2:14-15.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-03-27
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-13
People Name General Akhvakh
People Name in Country Akhvakh, Axvax
Population in Russia 7,900
World Population 7,900
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Akhwakh, Axvax
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Caucasus
People Name General Akhvakh
Ethnic Code CEW17b
People ID 10224
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Southwest Dagestan.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Akhvakh (7,900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Akhvakh 7,900
For Primary Language: Akhvakh

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
90.00 %
10.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: provided by NCRP  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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