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.
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.
In Denmark, the Kurds celebrate their own festivals and many attend mosque. Some are more adjusted to the Danish way of life than others.
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.
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.
* 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.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Kurd, Kurmanji|
|People Name in Country||Kurd, Kurmanji|
|Population in Denmark||20,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Alternate Names||Kermanji, Kurmanji, Turkish Kurd, Yazidi, Yezidi|
|Primary Language||Kurdish, Northern (20,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||kmr Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Kurdish, Northern|
Primary Language: Kurdish, Northern
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1872-2005)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.40 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|