Bakhtiari in Iran

Joshua Project has identified the Bakhtiari only in Iran






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Bakthtiaris became Shia Muslims after the Arabs invaded Iran almost 1400 years ago. Previously, Bakhtiaris were Zorastrian. The Bakhtiari live mainly in southwestern Iran in the clean and beautiful highlands of the Zagros Mountains. Farsi is their language of commerce, but they speak Bakhtiari at home. Many Bakhtiari people still live in black goat hair tents and are nomads. They migrate in search of water and food for their animals. About half of the people retain their traditional lifestyle of shepherding for the men, and carpet-weaving and home making for the women. The rest are settled and involved in agriculture and a variety of commercial activities.

Ministry Obstacles

Iran is hostile to Christian testimony, and direct access to the Bakthtiari people is difficult.

Outreach Ideas

Gospel recordings and the Jesus film are available in the Bakhtiari language. Perhaps Persian Christians will be able to carry these resources to the Bakhtiari people.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are few known Christian believers among the Bakhtiari people, but pray the Lord will be preparing pastors and teachers for the many believers the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray also for scripture to be soon made available in the Bakhtiari language.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Lord will increasingly draw people to Isa (Jesus) as they study the Koran, and that the Lord's Spirit will give them a hunger to find out more about this man. Then pray this hunger will be satisfied with knowledge and faith.

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Prayer Links
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People Name General Bakhtiari
People Name in Country Bakhtiari
Population in Iran 1,186,000
World Population 1,186,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhaktiari
Affinity Bloc Persian-Median
People Cluster Luri-Bakhtiari
People Name General Bakhtiari
Ethnic Code CNT24z
People ID 10591
Country Iran
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southwest, west Chahar-Mahal va Bakhtiari, east Khuzestan, east Lorestan, west Esfahan. Masjed-e Soleiman, Shahr-e Kord, Dorud.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bakhtiari (1,186,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bakhtiari 1,186,000
For Primary Language: Bakhtiari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Bakhtiari Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
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 %
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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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