Turk in Iraq






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

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.

Prayer Points

* 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
World Population 57,259,000
Countries 71
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Anatolian, Baharlu Turk, Masakhastian, Meskhetian Turk, Osmanli, Ottomon Turk, Rumelian Turk, Urum
Affinity Bloc Turkic Peoples
People Cluster Turkish
People Name General Turk
Ethnic Code MSY41j
People ID 18274
Country Iraq
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 3  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Turkish (2,800)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Turkish 2,800
For Primary Language: Turkish

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1782-1985)
New Testament Yes   (1819-1993)
Complete Bible Yes   (1827-2006)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Turkish, Kutsal Kitap Yeni Ceviri Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
GoodSeed General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Turkish Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Rivka (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
Turkish Language Film Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.80 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
55.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
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