Changar in Afghanistan



Population

2,570

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Changar reside in Afghanistan and India and are among the Rajasthan people cluster. They are also known as the Chagar, Changgar, Chhanggar, or the Chungar. They are one tribe or the Urdu speaking Muslims which reside in Afghanistan. These Urdu speaking Muslims often come together and have a sense of group identity based on Islam, the common Urdu language, Persian cultural tradition, and the tradition in northern India of Muslim supremacy. Urdu is an Indian- Iranian language that come from the Hindi language. It contains many Persian and Arabic words and is written in a Persian script.


What are Their Lives Like?

Urdu speaking Muslims can be found in many aspects of society. They are found among the poor and the rich, the educated and illiterate, landlords and religious leaders. There is no way to generalize their lifestyles. In the more rural areas, Urdu Muslims live in mud huts that have a separate living space for the women. Women are generally responsible for taking care of the home and children. Some practice Purdah, which is the seclusion of women. Women often live separately from their husbands and do not go outside the home without a male family member. They are often required to cover their entire body, with only a small screen around the eyes. This is done to protect the honor of both her husband, and her father's family.


What are Their Beliefs?

The Changar are Muslims. Currently, there are few, if any Changar Christians or churches. They have the Bible in their language as well as Christian radio, the Gospel on audiocassette, God's Story Video, and the Jesus film.



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Global Prayer Digest: 2007-11-02
People Name General Changar
People Name in Country Changar
Population in Afghanistan 2,600
World Population 323,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chagar, Changgar, Chhanggar, Chungar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Changar
Ethnic Code CNN25o
People ID 16585
Country Afghanistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Urdu (2,600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu 2,600
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1843-1998)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Bible stories
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Urdu Language Film
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language

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 %
Photo Source: Naveed Akhtar  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: The World Missions Atlas Project 
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