Darzi, Muslim in Pakistan

Population

346,000

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

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Introduction / History

The Darzis derived their name from the Persian word 'to sew' or darzan. Sometimes the Darzi are known by the name Darji or Khayyat in India where most of their community live. An Indian legend says that the god Parasurama was pursuing two brothers to destroy them and they found haven in a temple. A priest hid them and gave one brother the task of sewing dresses and the other dying cloth. The Darzi are said to be the decendents of the first brother and therefore, Darzis are most commonly tailors. There are more than 3.5 million Darzis in all and about one third of those are Muslims, the rest are Hindus.


What are Their Lives Like?

A majority of the Darzi Muslim people live in the central Terai region of Nepal and speak Nepali and Urdu. They often occupy a middle ground of social status. As tailors they enjoy close relations with other Muslim tradesmen. The Darzis are not vegetarian but tend to avoid beef. As a community they prefer adult marriages and offer children's inheritance privileges to both sons and daughters. Men will sometimes wear a kurtapyjama and woman a salwar-kameez.


What are Their Needs?

Because of the Darzi's openness to business and upward social status, this is a great opportunity to offer outside assistance to educational or other development projects. Pray that the church can love the Darzi people like God does, enough to offer micro loans and other development programs as a means to sharing the gospel among them.




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Country Pakistan
Continent Asia
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Darzi, Muslim
People Name in Country Darzi, Muslim
ROP3 Code 112930
Joshua Project People ID 17513
Indigenous Yes
Population in Pakistan 346,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Chopan, Darji, Idrasi, Idrissi, Khayyat, Merais, Nangdev, Pipavasi, Sai Sutar, Sais, Ses, Setch, Shimpi, Simpi, Sise, Sochi, Suis, Thalavadi,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 236,835 Urdu 66,565 Sindhi 28,000 Seraiki 11,630
Hindko, Northern 4,300 Hindko, Southern 2,260 Bagri 1,330 Kashmiri 570
Shina, Kohistani 510 Marwari 470 Koli, Wadiyara 370 Kachchi 230
Waneci 30
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Urdu Muslim
People Name General Darzi, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25r
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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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