Adyghe in Germany

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Introduction / History

There are two main groups of Circassians: the West, or Lower Circassian, who speak Adyghe; and the East, or Upper Circassian, who speak Kabardian. Their original homeland was an area in the northwestern Caucasus Mountains, extending out onto the Russian steppes.

The Adyghe people of Russia represent a relatively small amount of a once large, important group of people. Having lived in the Caucasus area for thousands of years, they had contact with the many peoples who passed the steppes to the north. During that time, the Adyghe knew almost constant warfare with these neighbors. By the mid-1860s, roughly 90 percent of the Circassian population had been either killed or forced to flee.

Where Are they Located?

Today, they live not only in their own homeland, but also in Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq, and a smaller number in Germany. The number in Germany is so small that it is often overlooked.

What Are Their Lives Like?

As Muslims, the Adyghe people have much more social contact with other Islamic people than they do with the German majority. They are probably viewed as just another Turkish or Central Asian Muslim minority.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Christianity was brought to the Circassians between the sixth and twelfth centuries, but they have been Muslims for the past three or four hundred years. Nevertheless, many pagan relics and some forms of Eastern Orthodox Christianity still exist in their oral traditions and religious practices.

What Are Their Needs?

he Adyghe people of Germany need Christ's ambassadors to live among them. Like many ethnic groups, they are searching for identity. Prayer is the first step towards seeing them find true identity in Jesus.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Adyghe in Germany.

* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Pray that God will use believers in Germany to reach out to the Adyghe people.
* Ask the Lord to save key leaders among the Adyghe who will boldly embrace and declare the gospel.
* Pray for Christian media to be translated into Adyghe.
* Pray for a strong Jesus movement to be raised up among the Adyghe in Germany and in Russia.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  
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People Name General Adyghe
People Name in Country Adyghe
Pronunciation AH-di-gay
Population this Country 2,100
Population all Countries 694,000
Total Countries 13
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Cherkess; Circassian; Circassian, West; Kjax; Lower Circassian; Shapsug
People ID 10161
ROP3 Code 100079
Country Germany
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Germany
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Adyghe (2,100 speakers)
Language Code ady   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Adyghe (2,100 speakers)
Language Code ady   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Adyghe

Primary Language:  Adyghe

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1977-2007)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1991-1992)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Portions
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Adyghe
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.05 %)
0.07 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.93 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
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