Lezgin in Uzbekistan


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Introduction / History

In the fourth century BC, 26 tribes speaking a Lezgic language united to form a united state. They were initially influenced by the Persians, and later they were influenced by the Parthians, who had a powerful empire. They have been pressured or conquered by many peoples since that time; the Greeks, Romans, and the Alans.

Islamic power swept into the Caspian seacoast region of the Lezgin people as early as the 7th and 8th Centuries, and has carried huge influence into Lezgin society over the past 1000 years. By the end of the 18th Century, the Lezgin people were considered 100 percent Muslim. Before that time, they retained their animistic religion.


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Lezgin people live in the mountains near the Caspian Sea of southwestern Russia, but some have migrated to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan or Kazakhstan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Traditionally the Lezgin people have been an agrarian and pastoral people. They are well known for the textiles that their women weave. Some Lezgins work in food processing while others work seasonally making jewelry or weapons.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Spiritism and animistic practices are still widespread in Lezgin culture along with Sunni Islam. Rags are tied on holy trees or near holy graves to seek spiritual assistance for health or marriage or economic good fortune. They often consult soothsayers.


What Are Their Needs?

It is exceptionally difficult to reach this Muslim people group in their original homeland, but if someone were dedicated to reaching them for Christ, they could do it in one of the Central Asian nations like Uzbekistan where some of them live.


Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual hunger that will lead the Lezgin people to seek and find Jesus Christ.
Pray that God will send courageous workers to them and faithful intercessors to pray until they have been discipled in the ways of Jesus.
Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to flourish among the Lezgin people that will transform their communities in such a way that other people groups will desire the same spiritual transformation.


Scripture Prayers for the Lezgin in Uzbekistan.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/13049/RS
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Lezgin-People/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lezgins


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  
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People Name General Lezgin
People Name in Country Lezgin
Pronunciation LEZ-ghin
Population this Country 4,200
Population all Countries 830,000
Total Countries 9
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Lezghi
People ID 13049
ROP3 Code 105742
Country Uzbekistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Qoraqalpog’iston Republic: Amundaryo district, Nukus area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2020
Country Uzbekistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Qoraqalpog’iston Republic: Amundaryo district, Nukus area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2020

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Primary Language Lezgi (4,200 speakers)
Language Code lez   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Lezgi (4,200 speakers)
Language Code lez   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Lezgi

Primary Language:  Lezgi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2010–2014)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2018)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Lezgi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Lezgi YouVersion Bibles
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
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
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