By definition, Persians (also known as Iranians) are an ethnic group native to the region known today as Iran. The Persian language, called Farsi, is part of the Indo-Iranian language family, and is the official language of Iran. Dari, the language of the elite in Afghanistan, is a dialect of modern Farsi.
Persian groups began to settle in the territory that is now Iran as long ago as 1000 B.C. The loosely associated Persian tribes later became a more cohesive political unit under the Achaimenian Dynasty, and their unity soon made them the dominant ethnic group in the region.
For 1,200 years, Persia maintained a culture that became increasingly more complex and rigid, laying the foundation for a successful Arabian conquest in the seventh century. It was not until the Islamic revolution of 1979 that massive changes came both to Iran and to the Persian people.
The vast majority of Persians now live either in Iran or in one of the nearby Middle Eastern countries. However, small Persian communities can also be found in other nations all over the globe, such as Austria.
Iranians immigrating to Austria initially feel offput buy the independent culture of the Austrians. The Austrians tend to be less outwardly friendly than Iranians. Persian Iranians residing in Austria tend to continue traditional roles in the family (the father being the primary bread winner, and the mother more often than not raising their children). Some of them have arranged marriages, which conflicts with the ways of the Austrians.
Though they are officially Shia Muslims, many Iranians who have left Iran tend towards secularism, especially in the secularized environment of Europe. However, some have had the chance to hear about and be drawn to Jesus Christ.
The Lord is growing his Church in Iran, and many have come to faith in recent years. Prayer is needed to extend this growth to the Iranian Diaspora in Austria.
* Scripture Prayers for the Persian in Austria.
* Pray that God will raise up faithful intercessors who will stand in the gap for the Iranian Diaspora.
*Pray for a Disciple-Making Movement to flourish among Iranians all across Austria.
* Ask the Lord to call and send out people who are willing to share the love of Christ with Iranians in Europe.
* Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect formerly Muslim Iranians who have come to faith in Christ. Pray they will reach out to others.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Persian|
|People Name in Country||Persian|
|Population this Country||15,000|
|Population all Countries||42,335,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Fars; Irani; पर्षियन|
|Primary Language||Persian, Iranian (15,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||pes Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Persian, Iranian
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1815-1979)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible|
|Audio Recordings||General Ministry Resources|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Persian, Iranian|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Rivka (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||The Prophets' Story|
|Film / Video||The Savior 0 - The Savior Trailer|
|Film / Video||The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well|
|Film / Video||Zume Project - Making Multiplying Disciples|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.20 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|