Kazakh in Italy


Population
1,300
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Kazakh, a Turkic people, are the second largest Muslim people group of Central Asia. In times past, they may have been the most influential of the various Central Asian ethnic groups. While most of the Kazakhs now live in Kazakhstan, they make up less than half of the country's population. Large communities can also be found in Mongolia, Ukraine, and Russia, but there are also some who have migrated to Italy and other western countries.

The Kazakhs developed a distinct ethnic identity in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Several of their clans formed a federation that would provide mutual protection. As other clans joined the federation, its political influence began to take on an ethnic character.

During the nineteenth century, the Russians acquired Central Asia through a steady process of annexation. They eventually claimed the entire territory of Kazakhstan. Tragically, about half of the Kazakh population was killed during the Russian Civil War of the 1920s and 1930s. During this time, many fled to China and Mongolia. Today some of them have wandered even further from home to places like Italy.


Where Are they Located?

Kazakhs in Italy tend to live in large cities like Milan, Rome and Florence.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some of the few Kazakhs in Italy are doing menial work, others are in professional jobs, and there are a few members of the Kazakh elite in that country, one of which was facing embezzlement charges in the early 2010s. The Kazakhs in Italy must adjust to a new culture and new language.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kazakhs embraced Islam during the sixteenth century and still consider themselves Muslim today. However, their Islamic practices have been combined with traditional folk religions. Traditional Kazakh folk religion includes beliefs in spirits. They practice animism and ancestor worship. Animism is the belief that non-human objects have spirits. Ancestor worship involves praying and offering sacrifices to deceased ancestors. They also practice various traditional rituals before and after marriage, at birth, and at death.

However, much of their spiritual beliefs were curtailed when they were under the control of the atheistic Soviet Union. To a large degree, Kazakhs forgot much of what they learned about Islam. Today the Kazakhs in Italy have the chance to cultivate their spiritual lives without being forced to adhere to either Islam or atheism.


What Are Their Needs?

Kazakhs in Italy need spiritual hunger that will lead them to find the Lord Jesus who satisfies all who seek truth and righteousness.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Kazakhs in Italy to find ways to earn a good living and provide valuable services to the nation.
* Pray for the Lord to raise up believers to take the ways of Jesus Christ to the Kazakhs.
* Pray for the Kazakhs to be discipled in such a way that they will live holy lives and take the gospel to others.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12599/KZ
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12599/CA
https://www.internations.org/italy-expats/kazakhs
https://www.internations.org/milan-expats/kazakhs
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-25528466


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-03-21
People Name General Kazakh
People Name in Country Kazakh
Population in Italy 1,300
World Population 14,639,900
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Gazaqi, Hazake, Kazax, Qazaq, Qazaqi, कॅज़ॅक
People ID 12599
ROP3 Code 104791
Country Italy
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Italy
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Kazakh (1,300 speakers)
Language Code kaz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kazakh
Primary Language Kazakh (1,300 speakers)
Language Code kaz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kazakh

Primary Language:  Kazakh

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1818-1989)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1820-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1820-2010)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
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 God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kazakh
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.05 %)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
65.80 %
Non-Religious
34.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
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