Kurd, Kurmanji in Denmark


Population
20,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Northern Kurds are part of a much greater Kurd population. They are made up of a number of clans, tribes, and tribal confederations, many of which have been in existence for thousands of years. This large people group shares several important and common ties. Not only do they speak closely related languages (collectively called Kurmanji), but they also share a common culture, geographical homeland, and sense of identity.


Where Are they Located?

Most Kurmanji speaking Kurds are from Iraq, Iran, and Turkey. There have been many times since the 1980s when they have had to flee for their lives to places like Denmark.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In Denmark, the Kurds celebrate their own festivals and many attend mosque. Some are more adjusted to the Danish way of life than others.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nearly all Kurds are Muslims, most being Sunnis. They first embraced Islam after the Arab conquests of the seventh century. They look to Islam as a basis for social justice.
However, despite being predominantly Sunnis, religion has created deep rifts among the Kurds. These differences also have prejudicial overtones towards the lower class. Many of the dispossessed Kurd minorities have become associated with the secret and unorthodox sects like the Yezidis--the most fervently rebellious people in Kurd society.


What Are Their Needs?

The Northern Kurds are trapped in the bondage of Islam. There are still relatively few known believers living among them. The New Testament has been translated into their Kurmanji language.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Holy Spirit will give mission agencies strategies for reaching Kurdish Muslims with the gospel.
* Ask God to use the small number of Northern Kurdish believers as a clear gospel witness to their own people in Denmark.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften their hearts towards Christ followers so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
* Pray that God will raise up a strong disciple making movement among the Kurmanji speaking Northern Kurds.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12877/DA
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12877/IZ
http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/060220162
http://www.rudaw.net/english/world/130520151
https://kurdishrights.org/2013/02/13/discrimination-of-the-kurds-also-in-denmark/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kurd, Kurmanji
People Name in Country Kurd, Kurmanji
Population in Denmark 20,000
World Population 15,011,200
Total Countries 33
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Kermanji, Kurmanji, Turkish Kurd, Yazidi, Yezidi
People ID 12877
ROP3 Code 105458
Country Denmark
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Denmark
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Kurdish, Northern (20,000 speakers)
Language Code kmr   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kurdish, Northern
Primary Language Kurdish, Northern (20,000 speakers)
Language Code kmr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kurdish, Northern

Primary Language:  Kurdish, Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1856-2016)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1872-2005)
Bible-Complete Yes   (2008)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
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 Kurdish, Northern
Film / Video Life's Gold (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Got Questions Ministry
General Kurdish Ministry Resources
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Kurdish New Testament & Psalms
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
93.50 %
Non-Religious
6.00 %
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 Anonymous  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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