Lezgin in Uzbekistan


Population
3,800
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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.


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  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Lezgin
People Name in Country Lezgin
Population in Uzbekistan 3,800
World Population 657,700
Total Countries 9
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Lezghi
People ID 13049
ROP3 Code 105742
Country Uzbekistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 16  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Uzbekistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 16  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Language Lezgi (3,800 speakers)
Language Code lez   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Lezgi
Primary Language Lezgi (3,800 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 No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Lezgi
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
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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