Ilsavan in Azerbaijan

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Introduction / History

The Shahseven are a sub-ethnic group of Azerbaijanis, living near the border between Azerbaijan and Iran. They are semi-nomadic, being primarily shepherds. Their name means "lover of the Shah" or "adherents of the Shah," in reference to the traditional king of Persia.

Where Are they Located?

Most Shahseven people live in Iran, but there are some still residing in Azerbaijan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

As nomadic shepherds, their lives are very difficult by our standards. They must move their livestock to even find adequate water or grazing lands. Their diet is often restricted to what their livestock can provide; meat and milk. Semi-nomadic peoples are often viewed as rivals or as a nuisance by settled people groups.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Like most other people groups in Iran and Azerbaijan, the Shahsevens are Shi 'ite Muslims.

What Are Their Needs?

Like other people groups that depend on livestock, the Shahsevan people need veterinarians to help take care of their livestock.

Prayer Points

Pray the Lord will grant the Shahseven people a growing desire to know Jesus Christ and to follow Him. Pray the Lord will open their spiritual eyes to see Jesus as He really is.
Pray for mature Christians to be sent to disciple them in His ways.
Pray for healthy livestock which can sustain the people.
Pray for parents to understand the importance of providing good schooling for their children so that the next generation will be prepared for the rapid changes of the 21st century.

Scripture Prayers for the Ilsavan in Azerbaijan.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Ilsavan
People Name in Country Ilsavan
Population this Country 2,100
Population all Countries 93,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Shahseven
People ID 14885
ROP3 Code 108898
Country Azerbaijan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Azerbaijan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Azerbaijani, South (2,100 speakers)
Language Code azb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Azerbaijani, South (2,100 speakers)
Language Code azb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Azerbaijani, South

Primary Language:  Azerbaijani, South

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes
Bible-Complete Yes  (2009-2013)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Network of Azerbaijani Partnerships
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Azerbaijani, South
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
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Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
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Text / Printed Matter Azeri Scripture Resources
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Azerbaijani, South
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version
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Primary Religion: Islam
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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100.00 %
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Ninara - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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