Zaza-Dimli in Turkey

Joshua Project has identified the Zaza-Dimli only in Turkey






Largest Religion

Main Language



Dimli means "of Dailam", and it is likely these people are descendants of Dailamites (residents of a mountainous southwestern region of the Caspian sea called Dailam). They have been fierce warriors, focused on conquest. The Dimli differ from the Kurds in two ways: language and religion. They have a distinct dialect, and are seen as heretics by the Kurds, who are Sunnis. The Dimli follow Alevi Shiite religious traditions.

Ministry Obstacles

There is a need for Scripture and other language-based resources in the language of the Zaza-Dimli.

Outreach Ideas

Gospel radio broadcasts will be helpful, but sustained prayer is needed for the Zaza-Dimli.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are few if any followers of Jesus among the Zaza-Dimli, but pray for those that will soon be evident. Pray that Zaza-Dimli believers will be well grounded in Scripture, and will be zealous to grow in the faith.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for these people to live peaceful lives, establishing good relationships with the Turkish government and other ethnic groups.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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People Name General Zaza-Dimli
People Name in Country Zaza-Dimli
Population in Turkey 1,167,000
World Population 1,167,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dimili, Dimili Kurd, Kurd, Southern Zaza, Zaza
Affinity Bloc Persian-Median
People Cluster Kurd
People Name General Zaza-Dimli
Ethnic Code CNT24c
People ID 11560
Country Turkey
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 41  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country East central, mainly Elazig, Bingol, and Diyarbakir provinces, upper courses of Euphrates, Kizilirmaq, and Murat rivers.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Zazaki, Southern (1,167,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Zazaki, Southern 1,167,000
For Primary Language: Zazaki, Southern

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

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.00 %
1.00 %
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 %
Photo Source: Charles Fred   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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