Changar in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language


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 329,000
World Population 334,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached 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 South 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 (286,000) Sindh (29,000) 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 (286,000) Sindh (29,000)
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) Saraiki (13,000) Sindhi (9,600)
Hindko, Southern (3,500) Hindko, Northern (2,700) Pashto, Northern (800) Brahui (300)
Shina (200) Bagri (200) Waneci (40) Marwari
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 242,000 Urdu 33,000
Saraiki 13,000 Sindhi 9,600
Hindko, Southern 3,500 Hindko, Northern 2,700
Pashto, Northern 800 Brahui 300
Shina 200 Bagri 200
Waneci 40 Marwari
For Primary Language: Panjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Cartoon Gospel tract Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Four Spiritual Laws General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Western Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Punjabi Bible stories Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
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0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Naveed Akhtar  
Profile Source: The World Missions Atlas Project 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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