Persian in Malaysia

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Persians living in Malaysia is a new phenomenon. Most of them have gone there in the years since the 1979 Iranian Revolution turned Iran into a Shi 'ite Muslim theocracy. There was a large Persian movement to Malaysia after the election scandal and crackdown on demonstrators in 2009.

Where Are they Located?

To some Persians, Malaysia is a second home, meaning that they only visit as tourists. For others, Kuala Lumpur and other cities are the place to either study or start a business.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Persians in Malaysia are students or businessmen. Most are in Malaysia because they hated living under Iran's brutal regime. Persians view Malaysia as an easy-going, multi-ethnic Muslim nation where they can thrive. There are a growing number of night clubs that offer "Iranian nights", with Iranian music for fun and dancing. The Malaysian government, in an effort to keep good relationships with Iran, sometimes arrests Persians who protest against their government. It is difficult for Persians to gain Malaysian citizenship. They can only gain citizenship if they invest large sums of money in Malaysia or marry a local.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Persians in Malaysia are usually either secular or marginally Shi 'ite Muslim. There are, however, some Persians who have converted the Malay to Shi 'ite Islam, which has caused friction with the Malaysian government, which tries very hard to keep the Malay in the Sunni Muslim camp.

What Are Their Needs?

The Persians in Malaysia need to seek spiritual freedom, not just license to go to night clubs, drink, etc.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Persian in Malaysia.

* Pray for Persians believers in Malaysia to be safe and to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
* Pray for a harvest of the Persian people in Malaysia.
* Pray the Lord would meet Persians in Malaysia in supernatural ways where missionaries cannot go.
* Pray that the disciple making movements that have begun in Iran will extend to the Persians in Malaysia.
* Believers need discipleship and a vision for reaching other Persians in the country.
* Persian refugees need opportunities for work (since they can't work legally as refugees) and they need affordable, yet quality education for their children.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Persian
People Name in Country Persian
Pronunciation PUR-zhun
Population this Country 42,000
Population all Countries 42,528,000
Total Countries 43
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Fars; Irani; पर्षियन
People ID 14371
ROP3 Code 107987
Country Malaysia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 50  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Malaysia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 50  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Map of Persian in Malaysia
Primary Language Persian, Iranian (42,000 speakers)
Language Code pes   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Persian, Iranian (42,000 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
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video 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 Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.80 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
97.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Hamed Saber - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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