Shughni in Afghanistan


Population
40,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Shughni are of the Tajik people cluster. They are found on both sides of the Tajikistan and Afghanistan border, mostly in the Pamir mountains 30 miles north of Ishkashim. Badakshan Province and Kabul has the largest populations of these people in Afghanistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are also known as Kushani, Shugnan-Rush, or the Shugnan Rushan. Their primary language is Shughni.

The Shunghnis were mentioned in Chinese chronicles from the sixth and seventh centuries. According to these, they always kept the trade route through Shughnan under their control. Stories speak of the Shughnis being savage and warlike people who used to raid caravans. In some places, these legends are still passed on.

In Afghanistan, the Shughni carry on a traditional way of life. Some are nomadic. Many are shepherds, however some make a living by the crafts of woodworking, weaving, pottery, blacksmithing, and basket making. They live in villages and support one another during difficult times. Houses are often built on hill slopes, near water. Women often are responsible for the home, as well as some farming. Males are responsible for herding.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Shughni are Shia Muslims. There are Christian audio recordings available in their language.


Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-11-11
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-11-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-11-01
People Name General Shughni
People Name in Country Shughni
Population in Afghanistan 40,000
World Population 162,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bartang, Khufi, Khugnone, Kushani, Oroshor, Pamiri, Shugnan-Rushan
People ID 14921
ROP3 Code 108967
Country Afghanistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 3  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Badakhshan province: both sides of Afghanistan-Tajikistan border, 50 km north of Ishkashim, Pamir mountains.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Afghanistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 3  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Badakhshan province: both sides of Afghanistan-Tajikistan border, 50 km north of Ishkashim, Pamir mountains..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Shughni (40,000 speakers)
Language Code sgh   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Shughni
Primary Language Shughni (40,000 speakers)
Language Code sgh   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Shughni

Primary Language:  Shughni

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (2001)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Shughni
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Shia
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source The World Missions Atlas Project 
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