Northern Uzbek in Kazakhstan


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Introduction / History

The term Uzbek, meaning "master of himself"—this accurately describes the people. Their love of freedom and sense of restlessness have often caused conflicts with the conquerors who have invaded their homeland, the west central Asian region known as Turkestan, throughout the centuries.

The Uzbeks are a Turkic people group located primarily in Central Asia. There are large Uzbek communities in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, as well as small communities in many other nations, including the United States.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many are skillful bazaar artisans (silver and goldsmiths, leather workers, woodcarvers, and rug makers). The traditional social unit, which was based on kinship ties, is continuing to slowly break apart.

Traditionally, most Uzbeks were semi-nomadic shepherds; however, today, most of those living in Central Asian countries like Kazakhstan either farm or live and work in larger towns and cities. Among those who farm cotton, fruits, vegetables, and grains.

Their common staple food is rice and "osh" is the national dish cooked with rice. Pasta is also a common food item. It was probably brought to Central Asia hundreds of years ago by Italian or Chinese traders who traveled along the Silk Road. Two favorite pasta dishes are ash (a noodle dish sometimes mixed with yogurt) and ashak (an Uzbek-style ravioli).

The traditional dress of the Uzbeks is very distinctive. But today, most wear Western style clothing, especially those who live in large, previously Soviet cities.

Rural Uzbek men love to play buzkashi, a wild polo-like game with two teams on horseback. The game, which uses the headless carcass of a goat or calf as the "ball," can be very violent and go on for two or three days. The object of the game is to pick up the "ball" and carry it to a goal that may be as far as two miles away. The other team attempts to stop whoever has the animal with any means necessary, even using whips to attack him. Another popular past-time is to hunt wild birds with falcons.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of the Uzbeks are Sunni Muslims. The role of the numerous holy places of pilgrimage in Kazakhstan is less significant than in other territories of Central Asia where the tribal structures are still strong. Pre-Islamic shamanism (belief that there is an unseen world of many gods, demons, and ancestral sprits) survives in an Islamic form. Today the shaman (priest or medicine man) is a practicing Muslim who combines shamanistic trances with reciting Islamic prayers, fasts, and other Islamic practices.


What Are Their Needs?

Pray for God to send a powerful hunger and thirst for righteousness that will only be satisfied by Jesus Christ.

There are no known followers of Christ among the Northern Uzbeks in Kazakhstan. Pray for God to bring forth His blessing, strengthening and healing weakening families and communities within the Uzbeks.

Ask him to cause his abundant life and love through Jesus to be widely embraced by these beloved families.


Prayer Points

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2019/11/18

https://weavefamily.org/thread/uzbek/


Scripture Prayers for the Uzbek, Northern in Kazakhstan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-11-18
Uzbek profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Uzbek, Northern
People Name in Country Uzbek, Northern
Natural Name Northern Uzbek
Pronunciation OOZ-bek
Population this Country 540,000
Population all Countries 31,767,000
Total Countries 19
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 11
Alternate Names Northern Uzbek; Ouzbek; Ozbek; Usbaki; Uzbeki; Wuzibieke; उज़्बेक, नॉर्दर्न
People ID 14039
ROP3 Code 107469
Country Kazakhstan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Jambyl and South Kazakhstan regions.   Source:  Ethnologue 2020
Country Kazakhstan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Jambyl and South Kazakhstan regions..   Source:  Ethnologue 2020
Map of Uzbek, Northern in Kazakhstan Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Uzbek, Northern
Language Code uzn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Kazakh Russian
Primary Language Uzbek, Northern
Language Code uzn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Kazakh
  Russian
People Groups Speaking Uzbek, Northern

Primary Language:  Uzbek, Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1891-1992)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1992-2010)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2016-2017)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Uzbek, Northern
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video More Than Dreams-Mohammed
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Tomb of Daniel
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Uzbek, Northern
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
80.00 %
Non-Religious
20.00 %
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 Fulvio Spada - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more