Crimean Tatar in Moldova


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Introduction / History

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. A small number live in Moldova.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Since the Tatars' massive deportation in 1944, much of their traditional Crimean lifestyle has been lost. They have undergone an intense process of assimilation into other cultures. The older people have maintained a strong sense of ethnic identity. However, it has been extremely difficult for them to pass that identity on to their children in Moldova.
Family ties are very important to the Crimean Tatars in Moldova. 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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

All Crimean Tatars are Sunni Muslims. There are not yet any disciples of Christ found among them in Moldova, and there are no current effort to reach them. The Tatars in Moldova are far from Christ, just as they are far from their homeland.


What Are Their Needs?

The Crimean Tatars need to find their way to Jesus Christ who can give them an identity in him that will help them have abundant life. There are believers in Moldova who can lead them to the cross.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tatar, Crimean in Moldova.

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 Moldova.
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
Pronunciation TAH-tar
Population this Country 1,700
Population all Countries 610,000
Total Countries 10
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Crimean Turk; Crimean Turkish; Krymchak; Nogai; Nogay Tatar; Tartar; Tatar
People ID 11434
ROP3 Code 102312
Country Moldova
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Moldova
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Crimean Tatar
Language Code crh   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Tatar
Primary Language Crimean Tatar
Language Code crh   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Tatar
People Groups Speaking Crimean Tatar

Primary Language:  Crimean Tatar

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1659-2011)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1666-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Crimean Tatar
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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Text / Printed Matter Bible: Къырымтатарджа - Crimean Tatar
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
98.00 %
Non-Religious
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Adam Jones - Flickr  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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