Changar in Pakistan



Population

318,000

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.



Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-28
People Name General Changar
People Name in Country Changar
Population in Pakistan 318,000
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 Pakistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (274,000) Sindh (28,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (13,000) Azad Kashmir (500)
Balochistan (300) Islamabad (200) Federally Administer (70)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (274,000) Sindh (28,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (13,000) Azad Kashmir (500)
Balochistan (300) Islamabad (200)
Federally Administer (70)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (242,000) Urdu (33,000) Seraiki (13,000) Sindhi (9,600)
Marwari (7,000) Hindko, Southern (3,500) Hindko, Northern (2,700) Pashto, Northern (800)
Brahui (300) Shina (200) Bagri (200) Waneci (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 242,000 Urdu 33,000
Seraiki 13,000 Sindhi 9,600
Marwari 7,000 Hindko, Southern 3,500
Hindko, Northern 2,700 Pashto, Northern 800
Brahui 300 Shina 200
Bagri 200 Waneci 40
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Punjabi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Western
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles

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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