Persian in India


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Introduction / History

Those of Persian descent who live in India are called Parsis, a term that refers to their origin, i.e., old Persia. Some of Persian descent are Shia Muslims who came with Mughal king Babur with surnames such as "Sayyed." Some are Sunni Muslims with surnames such as "Shaikh", "Sayyed" etc. Sunni Muslims migrated from Persia to India due to the persecution of Sunni Muslims and forced conversion. To prevent being converted, the Sunni Muslims migrated to North India and later to South India. Today, Parsis usually live in Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Sunni Muslims of Persian descent who lost their identity live in Hyderabad and Aurangabad. Sunni Muslim with surnames Shaikh and Sayyed are of Persian descent.


Where Are they Located?

The Parsis live in Kolkata, Mumbaim, Aurangabad and Hyderabad.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Parsis are a very disciplined people. They are educated. They tend to have fewer children. They marry between themselves rather than outside of their group. Many work as doctors or engineers. Sunni Muslim Persian are often work as engineers, businessmen, farmers and traders.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They typically follow Sunni and Shia Islam or Zoroastrianism.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Persian in India.


References

"The Zoroastrianism of India: the photographic journey of India" by Soni Taraporevala.
"Review of Parsis: A People of the Book" by S M Taher Rezwi 2014
"Shia Islam in Colonial India" Cambridge University Press by Justin Jones 28 Dec 2011
"Conquest of India" by K Bashir.
"Shia Islam in Colonial India " Cambridge University Press by Justin Jone, 28 Dec 2011.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Persian
People Name in Country Persian
World Population 41,266,000
Total Countries 42
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Fars; Irani; पर्षियन
People ID 14371
ROP3 Code 107987
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 21
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
3,300
Bihar
1,100
Gujarat
600
Uttar Pradesh
500
West Bengal
500
Madhya Pradesh
400
Delhi
300
Telangana
300
Tamil Nadu
200
Karnataka
200
Jharkhand
100
Uttarakhand
90
Andhra Pradesh
70
Rajasthan
70
Jammu and Kashmir
60
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 21  (only 20 largest shown)
  Maharashtra 3,300
  Bihar 1,100
  Gujarat 600
  Uttar Pradesh 500
  West Bengal 500
  Madhya Pradesh 400
  Delhi 300
  Telangana 300
  Tamil Nadu 200
  Karnataka 200
  Jharkhand 100
  Uttarakhand 90
  Andhra Pradesh 70
  Rajasthan 70
  Jammu and Kashmir 60
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Persian, Iranian (8,000 speakers)
Language Code pes   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Persian, Iranian (8,000 speakers)
Language Code pes   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Persian, Iranian

Primary Language:  Persian, Iranian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1546-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-1979)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1838-1995)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 Jesus Film: view in Persian, Iranian
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 Bible Visuals
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
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 %
Photo Source Hamed Saber  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.