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 Finland.
The history of Persians in Russia is both long and full. Persian immigrants were found in the territories known today as Russia stretching back millennia. Despite this history, however, modern day Muslims do not necessarily get along with their neighbors.
Sometimes used as cheap labor, sometimes the focus of militant attack, Muslim populations in Russia find themselves at odds with the Russian Orthodox country. The ever-increasing Muslim population has worried the nation, and they have responded with attempts to control and define what is acceptable Islam (moderate and loyal to secular authority). Meanwhile Muslim religious leaders have issued orders limiting intermarriage with non-Muslims, seeking to reign in moderate and secular practice of the religion. In certain sectors, violence is met with violence – only confirming to Russian authorities their suspicions of Muslims being dangerous.
Far from being invited, no longer welcomed with open arms, Persian Iranians in Russia today face a challenge of tradition vs. government, a tension that is not easy to live with.
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. We need to pray that the spiritual changes will extend to Iranians in Russia as well.
* Scripture Prayers for the Persian in Russia.
* Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect formerly Muslim Iranians who have come to faith in Christ. Pray they will reach out to others.
* Pray that God will raise up faithful intercessors who will stand in the gap for the Iranian Diaspora.
* Ask the Lord to call and send out people who are willing to share the love of Christ with Iranians.
*Pray for a Disciple-Making Movement to flourish among Iranians all across Russia.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Persian|
|People Name in Country||Persian|
|Population this Country||3,800|
|Population all Countries||42,335,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Fars; Irani; पर्षियन|
|Primary Language||Persian, Iranian (3,800 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|