Aghul in Russia

The Aghul have only been reported in Russia
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Introduction / History

Twenty one villages high in the southern mountains of Dagestan have been home to the Agul people for millennia. The Aguls were converted to Islam after the Arab conquest of the 8th Century.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of Dagestan is rugged, but the rocky harsh terrain of the Agul villages represents one of the highest levels of rugged for this eastern Caucasus region. Hard-working, weather-beaten faces are the norm in village after village. This mountain lifestyle has created toughness, which is to be highly esteemed. On the other hand, warmer qualities of grace, forgiveness, compassion are typically in short supply.
The Agul sheep and their shepherds swarm through lowland territories and temporarily block roads and congest small villages, before they pass on through—heading either further downhill or back up into the high Agul elevations.
Though Agul men are renowned shepherds, many also work in construction in urban centers during the winter season, while the women of the family keep mountain village households going during the long winter months.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Aghul people are entirely Muslim.

What Are Their Needs?

Jesus was clearly thinking of precious ones like the Agul when it's recorded, "...he looked on the multitudes with compassion, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd" (Matt.9:36). The Agul, more than most, would vividly understand what it's like for “sheep to be without a shepherd.”
There is currently only one known Agul believer, but there is more hope. Through long perseverance, the Gospel of Luke has been completed in Agul, both in written and audio form. A second publication on the Parables of Luke was also prepared, with illustrations. A gifted young couple has come to serve the Agul with needed linguistic skills. The Agul language is like a rare butterfly and, so, this linguistic service is most appropriate.

Prayer Points

Pray for loving Christian friends, carrying the kindness of the Savior, to come near the Agul people.
Pray for translation projects which include the Lord’s Prayer and oral translation of two books of the Bible.
Pray for people of peace (Lk.10:6) to notice when representatives of the gospel of grace come near to them.
Pray for the Lord of the Harvest to continue to send the right servants at the right time into the right relationships in the midst of Agul culture.

Scripture Prayers for the Aghul in Russia.



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People Name General Aghul
People Name in Country Aghul
Pronunciation ah-GOOL
Alternate Names Aguly; Koshan
Population this Country 34,000
Population all Countries 34,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10184
ROP3 Code 100126
ROP25 Code 300118
ROP25 Name Agul (Aghul)
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Dagestan Republic: Agulsky and Kurakhsky districts; Moscow; Stavropol region.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Dagestan Republic: Agulsky and Kurakhsky districts; Moscow; Stavropol region..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Aghul in Russia Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Aghul (34,000 speakers)
Language Code agx   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Aghul (34,000 speakers)
Language Code agx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Aghul

Primary Language:  Aghul

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2005-2007)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Aghul YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Aghul YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter IBT, Russia - resources Institute for Bible Translation - Russia
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2024  Sergey Tinyakov - Shutterstock  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

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