Kurd, Kurmanji in Australia



Population

4,100

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Life's Gold

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Introduction / History

Who am I? For Kurdish Muslims, this question is very difficult. Kurds are one of the largest people group clusters in the Middle East, yet they live in a land dominated by Arabs, Turks, or Iranians, depending on the exact location. In each of these countries, they are expected to conform to the dominant culture.

Since the late 1960s, Kurdish refugees began to move to Australia, where yet another layer of "identity crisis" has hit them. Different Kurdish refugees came to Australia speaking different languages, so it is not easy to have their kids go to a "Kurdish" language and culture class. Like many second generation immigrants, Kurdish youths are stuck between the old and the new cultures.

Some refugees, like the so-called Boat People of Southeast Asia, eventually managed to get re-established in their host countries. The 1,500 Kurds in Australia are still having difficulties. Not only did many of them arrive with very little to get themselves started financially, but they lack business and language skills. They desperately need to learn English to find good jobs. As it is, many of them are in low-paying construction jobs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nearly all Kurds are Muslim, most being Shafiite Sunnis. They first embraced Islam after the Arab conquests of the seventh century. Today, they primarily look to Islam as a basis for social justice. However, despite being predominantly Muslim, religion has created deep rifts among the Kurds. Many of the dispossessed Kurd minorities have become associated with the secret and unorthodox sects of Islam.


Prayer Points

* Pray for godly Christians to go to the Kurds in Australia to teach English and business skills.
* Pray that Christian radio and TV broadcasts will fill the cultural gap by providing high quality materials in Kurmanji and other languages spoken by Kurds.
* Pray that soon the Kurds in Australia will have their identity in their Savior.


Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-06-29
People Name General Kurd, Kurmanji
People Name in Country Kurd, Kurmanji
Population in Australia 4,100
World Population 14,778,000
Countries 32
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kermanji, Kurmanji, Turkish Kurd, Yazidi, Yezidi
Affinity Bloc Persian-Median
People Cluster Kurd
People Name General Kurd, Kurmanji
Ethnic Code CNT24c
People ID 12877

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Enthologue Language Map



Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kurdish, Northern (4,100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kurdish, Northern 4,100

For Main Lanugage: Kurdish, Northern


Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1856-2010)
New Testament Yes   (1872-2005)
Complete Bible Yes   (2008)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Kurdish New Testament & Psalms Text / Printed Matter
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Kurdish, Northern Film / Video
Kermanji Kurd Language Film Film / Video
Kurdish Ministry Resources General
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
The Hope Video Film / Video
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.70 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
5.0 %
Independent
5.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
2.0 %
Protestant
78.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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