Shirazi in Tanzania

The Shirazi have only been reported in Tanzania
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Shirazi is a name used by some Africans who identify their heritage with the ancient Persian province, Shiraz. According to legend, a Persian prince from Shiraz had a nightmare that he interpreted as meaning that evil would soon destroy him, so he and others set sail, and eventually landed in Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania. The Shirazi people believe this prince is their ancestor. Shirazi people sometimes consider themselves a separate ethnic group from the Swahili peoples, though Swahili is their mother tongue.

Ministry Obstacles

The Shirazi people are Muslim, no one from their community has put their faith in Jesus Christ. Anyone who took such a step would become an outcaste, especially if the leader of their family did not approve.

Outreach Ideas

There are believers in Tanzania and nearby Kenya who can reach out to the Shirazi people. They would need to be sensitive to the culture, and make sure they work with the leaders.

Prayer Focus

Since there are no followers of Christ among this people group, pray for a move of the Holy Spirit to draw many to take that step of faith. * Pray for the Shirazi people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for the Lord to open the hearts of Shirazi family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of discovery Bible studies.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Shirazi communities.

Scripture Prayers for the Shirazi in Tanzania.

Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-01-31
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-10-01
People Name General Shirazi
People Name in Country Shirazi
Pronunciation shee-RAH-zee
Population this Country 662,000
Population all Countries 662,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 13
Alternate Names
People ID 14915
ROP3 Code 108953
Country Tanzania
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread. Formerly Zanzibar, coastal areas.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Tanzania
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread. Formerly Zanzibar, coastal areas..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Shirazi in Tanzania
Primary Language Swahili (662,000 speakers)
Language Code swh   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Swahili (662,000 speakers)
Language Code swh   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Swahili

Primary Language:  Swahili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1868-1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1879-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1890-2017)
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 Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Interconfessional (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Swahili
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Walk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Got Questions Ministry
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source (Representative photo)
David Sluka - Pixabay  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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