Azerbaijani, North in Canada


Population
1,700
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

Most of the Azerbaijanis in Canada live in Toronto. There have been five waves of Azerbaijanis going to Canada, and the first wave was in the 1930s. Traditionally Canada has been willing to take refugees from dangerous parts of the world, and most Azerbaijanis have fled to Canada because of political instability or war such as the Iranian Revolution in 1979 or the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia from 1988-92.

Being small in number, the Azerbaijanis have needed to blend into the ways of Canada, yet they do not forget their own unique culture. Azerbaijanis speak a language that is Turkic, but unlike most other Turkic peoples, they are Shi’ite, not Sunni Muslims. Every year they hold the Novruz Bayrami festival, a a celebration of both the coming of spring and the new year. They celebrate with their own music, dance, and food.


Ministry Obstacles

Christians often are fearful of Muslims, even in countries such as Canada. Love casts out all fear.


Outreach Ideas

Azerbaijanis have entered Canada at different times, which means that the degree they are acculturated is different for different generations. Those who take the gospel to them need to emphasize the centrality of Christ, then focus on Him becoming our identity.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are only about 50 Azerbaijanis in Canada who follow Jesus. Pray that they will stay connected with their community and be salt and light to their Shi’ite Muslim neighbors and family members.


Pray for the Entire People Group

* Pray for a Christ-ward movement among Azerbaijanis that will result in fellowships of believers in Azerbaijan and Iran.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Azerbaijani, North
People Name in Country Azerbaijani, North
Population in Canada 1,700
World Population 9,819,700
Total Countries 20
Indigenous No
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Azerbaijan, Azeri Turk, Turkmen
People ID 10528

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Azerbaijani, North (1,700 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: azj   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Azerbaijani, North (1,700 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: azj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Azerbaijani, North

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1842-1891)
New Testament Yes   (2004)
Complete Bible Yes   (1891-2004)
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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 Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible.az
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
Unknown
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.30 %
Ethnic Religions
Unknown
Hinduism
Unknown
Islam
99.70 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Azerbaijani Partnership  
Profile Source: Keith Carey  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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