The Turks in Iraq are also called Iraqi Turkmen. They live to a large degree in north Iraq and have close relations with Turkey.
The Turks in Iraq are descended from Turks who emigrated to Mesopotamia in the seventh century. The largest migration of them came during the Ottoman Empire. Many of the Turks in Iraq are descendants of Ottoman soldiers and traders during the Ottoman Empire. When the Ottoman Empire came to an end earlier last century, life became more difficult for them.
The Turks in Iraq have the greatest numbers in Kirkuk. Others live in Tel Afar, Mosul, Arbil and in the capital Baghdad. They speak South Azeri or in a language similar to Anatolian Turkish. Some of them follow Sunni Islam while others follow Shia Islam.
These days the Turks in Iraq are becoming more and more mixed in with the people of Iraq generally. They have an important political presence regards the future of Iraq. After the downfall of Saddam Hussein, some Iraqi Turks were elected to the National Assembly of Iraq and to the Council of Representatives.
* Pray that the problems the Turks in Iraq are having will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a lasting peace in Iraq.
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|People Name General||Turk|
|People Name in Country||Turk|
|Population in Iraq||2,800|
|Progress Scale||1.1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Anatolian, Baharlu Turk, Masakhastian, Meskhetian Turk, Osmanli, Ottomon Turk, Rumelian Turk, Urum|
|Region||Middle East and North Africa|
|Persecution Rank||2 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language:||Turkish (2,800 speakers)|
|Language Code:||tur Ethnologue Listing|
|For Primary Language:||Turkish|
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1782-1985)|
|New Testament||Yes (1819-1993)|
|Complete Bible||Yes (1827-2006)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Bir Ibadet Toplantisi (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Fathers Love Letter|
|Film / Video||Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Turkish|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||More Than Dreams-Ali (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Rivka (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible-in-Your-Language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Turkish, Kutsal Kitap Yeni Ceviri|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|