Pashtun, Northern in Germany

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Introduction / History

Passionate is a word that well describes much about the Pashtun tribes, who originated in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They are said to love or hate with equal intensity, displaying fierce loyalty to friends, yet defending the right of badal (revenge or blood feuds) where enemies are concerned. An old proverb reveals much, "He is no Pashtun who does not give a blow for a punch." Such thinking would have impressed Germans 80 years ago, but not in today's world where Germany has a strong industrial economy.

The excesses of war have taken a terrible toll on the Pashtuns in Afghanistan. Destruction and poverty have driven many of them to safer countries like Germany.

Where Are they Located?

The largest Pashtun community in Germany lives in Hamburg.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In Europe, you will find Pashtun shop owners, restaurant owners and workers, entertainers, and medical professionals. Pashtuns around the world want their young adults to marry a Pashtun from Pakistan or Afghanistan. Usually when a Pashtun lives outside their homeland for any length of time their expectations for marriage and family life changes. These changing expectations will be affecting Pashtun families in Germany for decades.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Pashtuns have their own code of honor called Pashtunwali, which they have embraced for thousands of years. This code of honor involves personal honor, revenge, and hospitality to strangers. Pashtunwali tends to become weaker for those who live in urban areas, and especially for those who have migrated out of the country. However, Sunni Islam is still a central part of Pashtun identity.

What Are Their Needs?

Pashtuns need the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do: Open their eyes so they can see Jesus as he really is.

Prayer Points

* Pray for an unstoppable disciple making movement among the Pashtuns that will affect their communities in Germany.
* Ask God to call those who are willing to go to Germany and share Christ with the Pashtuns.
* Pray that God will encourage and protect the small number of Pashtun believers wherever they live.
* Ask God to soften the hearts of the Pashtuns towards believers so that they will be open to the gospel.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-04-11
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-04-10
People Name General Pashtun, Northern
People Name in Country Pashtun, Northern
Population in Germany 38,000
World Population 40,485,700
Total Countries 20
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Afghan, Eastern Pashto, Eastern Pathan, Khan Saheb, Khans, Musalman, Paktoons, Pashtun, Western, Pathan, Pushtun, Pushtun Afghan, Safi, Shafi, Western Pathan, पश्तून, नॉर्दर्न
People ID 14256
ROP3 Code 107909
Country Germany
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Germany
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Pashto, Northern (38,000 speakers)
Language Code pbu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Pashto, Northern
Primary Language Pashto, Northern (38,000 speakers)
Language Code pbu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pashto, Northern

Primary Language:  Pashto, Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1824-2010)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1895)
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 Pashto, Northern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
General General Ministry Resources
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Multi-Language Media
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source George Gavrus 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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