Pashtun, Northern in Nepal

Population

11,300

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Pushtun (Pashtun or Pathan), are a large and distinctive Muslim community living primarily in Afghanistan, Pakistan India and Nepal. The Pushtun cluster of peoples is near 50 million individuals. The Northern Pushtun number over 30 million and live primarily in Pakistan and India. They trace their heritage all the way back to King Saul, the first Hebrew king. In Afghanistan many Taliban come from this ethnic group. Some Pushtun settled in the mountains of India and Nepal during their years of Muslim conquest.


What are Their Lives Like?

Many Pushtun today can be found as landowners across north India and Nepal. They have a mix of urban and rural ways of living; the rural being closer to their traditional nomadic and warrior-like ways. The Northern Pushtun keep to a long-held code of conduct called the Patkhtunwali or 'way of the Pushtun'. Courage, honour, risk-taking, assertiveness and hospitality are all key elements of the Patkhtunwali. They are virtually 100% Sunni Muslim in Nepal and India. The men wear turbans, colourful vests over long-sleeved shirts and loose-fitting trousers. Women wear a salwar and a headcovering called a 'chadar.' There are distinct clans and sub-clans within the Northern Pushtun and women are guarded closely against inter-marrying.


What are Their Needs?

As devote Muslims and sometimes fanatical Muslims the Northern Pushtun represent a significant challenge to the Nepal church. Pray for the super-natural witness of miracles and dreams to be used for bringing key individuals Christ in this influential community. There are no known believers or workers among them in Nepal.




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Country Nepal
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Pashtun, Northern
People Name in Country Pashtun, Northern
ROP3 Code 107909
Joshua Project People ID 14256
Indigenous Yes
Population in Nepal 11,300
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Afghan, Eastern Pashto, Eastern Pathan, Pashtun, Western, Pathan, Pushtun, Pushtun Afghan, Western Pathan,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bhojpuri 5,285 Urdu 3,407 Nepali 1,395 Maithili 970
Awadhi 660 Marwari 41 Bengali 10
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Affinity Bloc Persian-Median
People Cluster Pashtun
People Name General Pashtun, Northern
Ethnic Code CNT24a
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Largest Religion Islam
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  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
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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