Persian in Kazakhstan


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

In the early 19th century, a small group of Persians settled in Kazakhstan looking for employment. The second group arrived in the 1930s, but they might be more Azerbaijani than Persian in language and culture. There were Iranian soldiers who unwittingly were led by a revolutionary. Knowing it would not end well to be part of a rebellion, they fled to Kazakhstan. From there they had to start their lives all over with an unfamiliar language and culture. Fortunately for them, the local Kazakhs were sympathetic, and these former Iranian soldiers were able to find low paying jobs and marry local women, so most of them are mixed with the ethnic groups of Kazakhstan. They have done a good job of getting their lives re-established since that time. However, these Iranians were not able to contact their families in Iran until the 1960s. It wasn’t until the 1980s before they were allowed to travel to Iran.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of these Persian Iranians are craftsmen with skills involving wood and metal. Some are artists, and there have been interesting art exhibits in the Kazakh cities of Astana, Almaty and Shymkent. There are Persian musical performers who have demonstrated their fascinating culture in Kazakhstan as well. Most of the Persians in Kazakhstan are happy and they have adjusted well. It’s common for Persians to send their children to universities in Kazakhstan.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Prior to the Arab invasions, the Persian religion was Zoroastrianism. This religion taught that there was an eternal struggle between the forces of good and evil. Shia Islam became the national religion of Iran in the sixteenth century, at which time the ulama (clergy) began playing an important role in both the social and political lives of the people. Today, most Persians are Shia Muslims of the Ithna Ashari branch. Thanks to the excess of the Iranian government, a high percentage of Persians are secularized and tired of forced religion. The Lord is growing his Church in Iran, and many have come to faith in recent years. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be affecting Persians in Kazakhstan.


What Are Their Needs?

Persians need their spiritual eyes will be opened. Some are staunch Shia Muslims while others are secularized. They need believers to take the glory of Christ to them.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Persian in Kazakhstan.

Pray for Persian believers from Iran to take Christ to Persians in other countries including Kazakhstan. Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Persian diaspora that will result in a movement to Christ in Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries. Pray for the Lord to show himself powerful and loving to the Persians in Kazakhstan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Persian
People Name in Country Persian
Pronunciation PUR-zhun
Population this Country 5,000
Population all Countries 42,530,000
Total Countries 43
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Fars; Irani; पर्षियन
People ID 14371
ROP3 Code 107987
Country Kazakhstan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Kazakhstan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Language Persian, Iranian (5,000 speakers)
Language Code pes   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Persian, Iranian (5,000 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  (1845-2014)
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 DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
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 Persian, Iranian
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
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
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.50 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
30.0 %
Orthodox
60.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Hamed Saber - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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