Chechen in Syria

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Other PDF Profile

Introduction / History

The Chechens of southwestern Russia are a strong, determined people with a long history of fighting for their independence. Soviet rule dominated the Chechens during the first half of the 20th century. For years the Chechens had based land tenure upon joint-clan ownership. When the Soviets introduced the idea of property ownership by society rather than by clan, the Chechen fiercely opposed it.

When World War II broke out, most Chechens opposed the Germans and fought alongside the Soviet Red Army. Despite this, in 1944 many of the Chechens and their neighbors, the Ingush, were deported to central Asia. They were not allowed to return until after 1968.

In 1991, the Chechen Republic declared its independence from Russia. Russian troops invaded it to regain control, and much of the nation still lies in ruins. Some of them have moved to other nations like Syria.

Where Are they Located?

Chechens originate in the remote valleys of the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea. Most remain there, but some have moved on to other countries like Turkey and France. There are a small number of Chechens in Syria.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Chechen generally marry outside their own clans. Marriage between blood relations is forbidden within a span of three generations. The groom's family pays a dowry to the bride or her family as a guarantee against divorce. Traditionally, a Chechen wife is not allowed to eat with her husband or to speak to his relatives; her role is one of subordination.

The Chechens have been referred to as the "Mafia of Russia", and they are often feared and despised by people inside and outside of Russia. They also have a sad reputation as terrorists because of their attacks in Moscow and Boston.

Chechens can be devout Muslims, often for nationalistic purposes.
What Are Their Beliefs?

Ruins of church buildings indicate that at least some Chechens had converted to Christianity by the 8th century. During the 16th century Islam was introduced by other peoples who settled among the Chechens. By the late 17th century almost all the Chechen people were Muslim.

Chechens are among the most devout Muslims in the former Soviet Union. Several anti-Soviet uprisings have fueled their religious fervor, particularly the opposition to their deportation in the 1940s. At that time Russia attempted to completely eliminate Islam in the Chechen-Ingush territory. All mosques and other religious buildings were closed. These restrictions only served to boost Islamic missionary work in the area. Following this unsuccessful attempt to discourage Islam, two mosques reopened in 1978. A number of Chechens have received religious training in Dagestan, an important center of Islamic culture located the south of the Chechen-Ingush Republic.

What Are Their Needs?

The Chechens need a safe, peaceful place to live, and at this time, they are not finding it in Syria. They also need to be given the chance to choose the ways of Jesus over the ways that have brought their communities to ruin in the past.

Prayer Points

Pray for freedom from war and destruction.
Ask the Lord to tear down barriers to the gospel so that workers who live and work among the Chechens will see fruit.
Ask for believers in Syrian to have a burden to share the gospel with the Chechens living in their countries.
Pray that the Chechens will have the opportunity to choose Jesus.
Pray that God will establish missionaries among them who are committed to helping them establish disciple making movements.

Scripture Prayers for the Chechen in Syria.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  
Other PDF Profile

People Name General Chechen
People Name in Country Chechen
Pronunciation CHEH-chun
Alternate Names Nokhchi
Population this Country 5,400
Population all Countries 1,948,000
Total Countries 16
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 11317
ROP3 Code 102059
ROP25 Code 301690
ROP25 Name Chechen
Country Syria
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 12  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Syria
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 12  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

No people group map currently available. Use the above button to submit a map.

Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
88.00 %
12.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Chechen (5,400 speakers)
Language Code che   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Chechen (5,400 speakers)
Language Code che   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chechen
Photo Source CharlesFred - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

Joshua Project logo    Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Contact Us   Copyright © 2024