The Crimean Tatars are descendants of the Mongols who swept through eastern Europe in the thirteenth century. They are part of a much greater Tatar population but speak a different language and live in different areas. Large numbers of Crimean Tatars can be found in Turkey, Romania, Uzbekistan, and the Ukraine.
Crimean Tatar history has been both complex and turbulent. For many years they endured hardship, oppression, and injustice. By the end of the 1440s, the Crimean Khanate was established on the Crimean Peninsula. However, Russian rule over them came late in the eighteenth century. When the Russian Empire gave way to the communists between 1917-20, Crimea was the last strongholds of the anti-Bolshevik (communist) forces. Soviet collectivization was especially harsh for the Crimean Tatars, and tens of thousands died because of it. In 1944, Stalin accused the entire Crimean Tatar population of collaborating with the Nazis and had them deported to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan. Sadly, almost half of them died in the ordeal.
Today there are a small number of Crimean Tatars in Kazakhstan. They have a similar culture and language as the Kazakh majority, but they have managed to maintain some of their cuisine and art. There are good relations between these two people groups.
Family ties are very important to the Crimean Tatars. The size of the immediate family ranges from four to five members. However, two or three generations will often live in the same house. The great majority of the Crimean Tatars marry within their culture, unlike some of their Tatar cousins. The family is strongly patriarchal (dominated by the men). The line of descent is through the father and inheritance is passed down through the males. Work is divided along traditional lines with men working outside and women tending to the children and the household duties.
A majority of the Crimean Tatars who live in the cities wear western style clothing. Elderly and rural people wear more traditional dress such as scarves, turbans, robes, and sandals.
The Tatars have a deep love for songs and music, which are popular at holidays and feasts. They perform popular folk songs, called manes and chin, whenever there is a celebration.
Crimean Tatars have been Sunni Muslims for centuries. Their negative experience with Orthodox Christians makes it very difficult for them to consider the claims of Christ. Meanwhile, they are getting along very well in Kazakhstan with the Sunni Muslim majority.
The Crimean Tatars need justice and mercy in their lives. They also need to find their way to Jesus Christ who can give them an identity in Him that will help them have abundant life.
* Scripture Prayers for the Tatar, Crimean in Kazakhstan.
Pray for the Crimean Tatars to receive justice and mercy so that their needs will be met.
Pray for the Lord to reveal Himself to Crimean Tatars who are willing to seek and find the only Savior.
Pray for Holy Spirit-driven workers to go to the Crimean Tatars in Kazakhstan.
Pray for a movement to Christ among the Crimean Tatars.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Tatar, Crimean|
|People Name in Country||Tatar, Crimean|
|Natural Name||Crimean Tatar|
|Population this Country||1,800|
|Population all Countries||610,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Crimean Turk; Crimean Turkish; Krymchak; Nogai; Nogay Tatar; Tartar; Tatar|
|Persecution Rank||47 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
Primary Language: Crimean Tatar
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1666-2011)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
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|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Crimean Tatar|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels|
|General||Gospel resources links|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Crimean Tatar|
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