Lezgian in Turkmenistan



Population

17,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction

Lezgins are believed to descend partly from people who inhabited the region of southern Dagestan in the Bronze Age. They live mainly in Azerbaijan and Dagestan (Russian Federation), but there are also substantial numbers in other countries. The Lezgins resisted Russification by refusing to participate in programs to relocate them from the highlands and into lowland towns and collective farms. Thus, the majority of the Lezgins still maintain a traditional lifestyle. By the 19th century, the Lezgins had all been converted to Islam from Animism, and they have since then been very devout in their faith. Most are Sunni Muslim, but some Animistic practices continue today.


Ministry Obstacles

The Lezgins are "very devout" in their Islamic faith, and have been for several generations.


Outreach Ideas

Please pray for more prayer warriors to be raised up to pray persistently for the peoples of the Caucasus region.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are some Christians among the Lezgins in Russia, but there may be none among the Lezgins of Turkmenistan. But pray in faith, believing, for those who will soon follow Christ in Turkmenistan.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray for the Lezgins in all countries where they live, that the Lord will reveal himself to them at the proper time.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Lezgian
People Name in Country Lezgian
Population in Turkmenistan 17,000
World Population 690,000
Countries 9
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Lezghi
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Caucasus
People Name General Lezgian
Ethnic Code CEW17b
People ID 13049
Country Turkmenistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 20  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lezgi (17,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lezgi 17,000
For Primary Language: Lezgi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1990-2010)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Lezgi Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: COMIBAM / Sepal  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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