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.
Though the majority of the Khalaj people live in the Markhazi Province of Iran, there are smaller pockets of them in Afghanistan.
There is almost no information about the lifestyle of this people group.
The Khalaj people are all Shi 'ite Muslims. There are no Christian materials in their ancient Turkic language, not even gospel recordings.
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.
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.
Scripture Prayers for the Khalaj, Turkic in Iran.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Khalaj, Turkic|
|People Name in Country||Khalaj, Turkic|
|Population this Country||20,000|
|Population all Countries||20,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Persecution Rank||8 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Gilan and Ardebil provinces; scattered. Source: Ethnologue 2016|