Khalaj in Iran

The Khalaj have only been reported in Iran
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Introduction / History

Khalaj is a Turkish word meaning, "stay hungry." Some say they are the remnant of the Hephthalitite tribe. The Khalaj language is also called Arghu, and it has two dialects. They speak an ancient Turkic language.

In the 9th and 10th centuries, Arab geographers mentioned the Khalaj people as being one of the Turkish tribes along the steppes of Central Asia, and their original homeland was in the Talas region. They moved several times throughout their history, usually because of war and conquest. During the Mongol invasions of the 1200s, some Khalaj people sided with the Mongols, while others were loyal to more local leaders.


Where Are they Located?

Though the majority of the Khalaj people live in the Markhazi Province of Iran, there are smaller pockets of them in Afghanistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

There is almost no information about the lifestyle of this people group.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Khalaj people are all Shi'ite Muslims. There are no Christian materials in their ancient Turkic language, not even gospel recordings.


What Are Their Needs?

Like all other people groups, the Khalaj people need spiritual hunger so that they will seek and find the true source of light, Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord to equip prayer warriors to overcome spiritual darkness in the Khalaj homeland so that the gospel can be understood without Satan's interference.
* Pray for accurate Christian materials to be developed in the Khalaj language.
* Pray that the Khalaj people will receive Christ and they will become a blessed people, shining with the light of Jesus in a dark world.
* Pray for the Khalaj people to be discipled in the ways of Christ, and that others will join their fellowships.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalaj_people
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalaj_language
http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/khalaj-i-tribe-turkistan
https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Khalaj%20people&item_type=topic


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-11-08
People Name General Khalaj
People Name in Country Khalaj
Population in Iran 52,000
World Population 52,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names
People ID 12648
ROP3 Code 104882
Country Iran
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Gilan and Ardebil provinces; scattered.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Iran
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Gilan and Ardebil provinces; scattered..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Khalaj (52,000 speakers)
Language Code kjf   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Khalaj
Primary Language Khalaj (52,000 speakers)
Language Code kjf   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Khalaj

Primary Language:  Khalaj

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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