Country: Iran

Number of People Groups

97

People Groups Unreached

87 (89.7%)

Total Population

79,783,000

Unreached Population

79,469,000 (99.6%)

% Professing Christian

0.9%

% Evangelical

0.46 %

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

84 %

10/40 Window

Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
 Afshari 362,000 375,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Aimaq, Jamshidi 29,000 157,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Aimaq, Timuri 196,000 341,000 Aimaq Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Alviri-Vidari 1,100 1,100 Alviri-Vidari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arab, Gulf 265,000 4,602,000 Arabic, Gulf Spoken Islam 1.20 % 0.10 %
 Arab, Iranian 1,480,000 1,480,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.10 %
 Armenian, Ermini 104,000 6,323,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.00 %
 Assyrian 105,000 656,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 97.00 % 0.50 %
 Astiani 25,000 25,000 Ashtiani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Aynallu, Inallu 6,200 6,200 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk 15,683,000 18,791,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.10 % 0.09 %
Baharlu 9,400 9,400 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bakhtiari 1,195,000 1,195,000 Bakhtiari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Baloch, Southern 484,000 1,658,000 Balochi, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Baloch, Western 718,000 1,177,000 Balochi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bashkardi 8,500 8,500 Bashkardi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Brahui, Kur Galli 23,000 2,757,000 Brahui Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 British 3,300 51,664,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
 Chinese, general 3,200 8,449,000 Chinese, Mandarin Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 8.00 %
 Deaf Unknown Unknown Persian Sign Language Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Dezfuli Unknown Unknown Dezfuli Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Fars, Northwestern 8,400 8,400 Fars, Northwestern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Fars, Southwestern 106,000 106,000 Fars, Southwestern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 French 9,400 49,460,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 1.00 %
Gabri, Dari 14,000 14,000 Dari, Zoroastrian Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Galeshi 2,000 2,000 Gilaki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Gazi 8,600 8,600 Gazi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Georgian 63,000 3,265,000 Georgian Christianity 79.00 % 1.50 %
 German 800 64,481,000 German, Standard Christianity 66.00 % 2.10 %
 Gilaki 2,790,000 2,790,000 Gilaki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Gujarati 34,000 1,701,000 Gujarati Islam 0.50 % 0.10 %
Gurani, Hawrami 28,000 62,000 Gurani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Gypsy, Domari 1,350,000 3,257,000 Domari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Harzani 34,000 34,000 Harzani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Hazara 375,000 3,489,000 Hazaragi Islam 0.05 % 0.01 %
 Herki 21,000 102,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Italian 6,900 37,091,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 %
Jadgali 11,000 11,000 Jadgali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Jew, Hulaula 300 34,000 Hulaula Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Jew, Judeo-Persian 9,200 62,000 Dzhidi Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Kajali 42,000 42,000 Kajali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Karakalpak 51,000 861,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Karingani 21,000 21,000 Karingani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kazakh 6,100 14,299,000 Kazakh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Khalaj 51,000 51,000 Khalaj Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Khalaj, Turkic 52,000 52,000 Khalaj, Turkic Islam 0.80 % 0.50 %
 Khorasani Turk 904,000 904,000 Khorasani Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Khunsari 25,000 25,000 Khunsari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Korean 17,000 80,216,000 Korean Non-Religious 31.00 % 16.00 %
Koroshi 400 400 Koroshi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kumzari 600 4,000 Kumzari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kurd, Central 3,274,000 7,858,000 Kurdish, Central Islam 0.20 % 0.04 %
 Kurd, Kurmanji 474,000 14,788,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.40 % 0.10 %
 Kurd, Southern 3,223,000 3,223,000 Kurdish, Southern Islam 0.05 % 0.01 %
Lak 1,184,000 1,184,000 Laki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Larestani, Lari 114,000 114,000 Lari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Lasgerdi 1,100 1,100 Lasgerdi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Luri, Northern 1,792,000 1,900,000 Luri, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Luri, Southern 976,000 976,000 Luri, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mamasani 121,000 121,000 Luri, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mandaean 8,000 28,000 Mandaic Other / Small 2.00 % 0.00 %
 Mazanderani, Tabri 2,317,000 2,317,000 Mazanderani Islam 0.50 % 0.40 %
Moqaddam 1,300 1,300 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mussulman Tat 9,100 38,000 Tat, Muslim Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Nafar, Nafar Turk 4,400 4,400 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Natanzi 8,500 8,500 Natanzi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Nayini 8,500 8,500 Nayini Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Parsee 27,000 165,000 Parsi-Dari Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pashtun, Southern 153,000 7,146,000 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.02 % 0.00 %
 Persian 36,114,000 40,090,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 1.00 % 0.90 %
Pishagchi 1,300 1,300 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Punjabi 34,000 2,416,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 1.00 % 0.10 %
Qajar 3,700 3,700 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Qaragozlu 2,500 2,500 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Qashqai, Kashkai 930,000 930,000 Kashkay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Romani, Balkan 34,000 1,258,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 5.00 % 0.40 %
Rudbari 500 500 Rudbari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Russian 2,600 134,009,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 %
Sangisari 40,000 40,000 Sangisari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Semnani 66,000 66,000 Semnani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Shahmirzadi 6,300 6,300 Shahmirzadi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Shahrudi 1,100 1,100 Shahrudi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Shahseven 85,000 87,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.50 % 0.20 %
 Shikaki 28,000 52,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Sivandi 8,600 8,600 Sivandi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Soi 8,500 8,500 Soi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Sorkhei 11,000 11,000 Sorkhei Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tajik, Afghan 378,000 8,667,000 Dari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tajik, Tadzhik 86,000 8,609,000 Tajiki Islam 0.02 % 0.00 %
 Takistani 222,000 222,000 Takestani Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Talysh, Talyshon 149,000 271,000 Talysh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Taromi, Upper 1,100 1,100 Taromi, Upper Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Turk 11,000 59,170,000 Turkish Islam 0.04 % 0.01 %
 Turkmen, Turkomani 1,007,000 7,707,000 Turkmen Islam 0.30 % 0.05 %
 Urdu, Islami 86,000 1,751,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Uyghur 6,000 11,845,000 Uyghur Islam 0.05 % 0.02 %
 Vafsi 21,000 21,000 Vafsi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
  Totals:  97 79,783,000       87   0.86 % 0.46 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 260,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 80,043,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.5 %)
0.9 %
Ethnic Religions
0.0 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
98.5 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
0.3 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.2 %
Independent
17.9 %
Orthodox
67.4 %
Other Christian
0.2 %
Protestant
3.7 %
Roman Catholic
8.7 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

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  • Church planting agencies in Iran
  • Christian ministry in Iran
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
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  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Iran Statistics
People Groups 97
Unreached People Groups 87  (89.7%)
Population 79,783,000
Population in Unreached 79,469,000  (99.6%)
Urbanization 73%
Continent Asia
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code IR
Official National Language Persian, Iranian
Literacy Rate 84%
Estimated Illiterate Population 12,765,000
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Professing Christian 0.9%
Percent Evangelical 0.5%
Country Progress Level 1
Persecution Ranking 9 (1=High to 50=Low OD)


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