Changar in Pakistan

Population

306,000

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: The World Missions Atlas Project


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.




Submit an update
Country Pakistan
Continent Asia
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
Submit an update
People Name General Changar
People Name in Country Changar
ROP3 Code 111780
Joshua Project People ID 16585
Indigenous Yes
Population in Pakistan 306,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Chagar, Changgar, Chhanggar, Chungar,
Submit an update
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 242,180 Urdu 33,320 Seraiki 12,910 Sindhi 9,600
Marwari 7,015 Hindko, Southern 3,455 Hindko, Northern 2,700 Pashto, Northern 780
Brahui 310 Shina 200 Bagri 150 Waneci 40
Submit an update
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Changar
Ethnic Code CNN25o
Submit an update
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%
Photo Source: Naveed Akhtar
Profile Source:
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Get Involved
Register ministry activity for this group

Copyright © 2014 Joshua Project. A ministry of the U.S. Center for World Mission.