Tajik in Kazakhstan


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Introduction / History

The Tajiks of Central Asia are the oldest surviving people group in that region. The name "Tadzik" refers to the traditionally non-nomadic people who speak various forms of Persian. They were the heirs and transmitters of the Central Asian culture that spread from the Iranian Plateau into an area extending roughly from the Caspian Sea to the borders of China. From village settlements they grew many kinds of crops. The Tajiks were craftsmen and their towns laid along caravan routes linking Persia, China and India for international trade. Tajiks have repeatedly been invaded and conquered throughout their history which is one of the reasons they don’t neatly fit in with any ethnic category. The armies of Alexander the Great, the Arabs in the seventh century, Genghis Khan, the Turks, the British, and the Russian empire have all had a profound impact on these people. In fact, the numerous invasions have been the major factor in the dispersion of Tajiks to other locations such as Iran, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Ukraine, and Russia. They are especially populous in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and their home country, Tajikistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Tajiks are a proud, diverse, surviving people, but are also recognized to be gracious and hospitable. They are hard workers and very family oriented. Like most peoples of Central Asia, the Tajiks can be either urban or rural. Those in rural areas live much as their ancestors once did, only with better technology. Tajik farmers still grow amazing crops, and many of them also herd livestock. Since Tajikistan gained their independence in 1991, there have been efforts to revive the Tajik language and culture among Tajiks in Tajikistan and beyond. Unfortunately, this is tied in with the Islamic religious system in the minds of some. The issue can also become politicized, especially in places where the Tajiks are an ethnic minority like Kazakhstan.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Tajiks are virtually all Muslim, with most being Sunni Muslims of the conservative Hanafite branch. Islam pervades all areas of life, including rituals relating to birth, puberty, marriage, and death. However, they also practice spiritism based on folk beliefs that include the use of amulets and charms. For some of them, especially those in urban areas, Islam has been weakened.


What Are Their Needs?

The Tajik people are unreached no matter where they live, and that includes Kazakhstan. Their traditional Islam has dulled their spirits to their need for forgiveness by a sin-free savior. They have yet to have a movement to Christ among any Tajik population.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tajik in Kazakhstan.

Pray for a people movement to Christ among the Tajiks to happen this decade. Pray for the Lord to bless the Tajiks in such a way they know that he is the only one worthy of their praise and devotion. Pray for workers to go to the Tajiks in Kazakhstan. Pray for the Tajiks, especially their elders, to have a hunger for truth and righteousness that will lead them to Jesus Christ.


Profile Source:   JoshuaProject  

The Tajiks of Central Asia
Source:  Asia Harvest      Download

Additional Info
Tajiks profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Tajik
People Name in Country Tajik
Pronunciation TAH-jeek
Population this Country 39,000
Population all Countries 10,080,000
Total Countries 20
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Tadzhik; Tadzhiki; ताजिक
People ID 15201
ROP3 Code 109733
Country Kazakhstan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 41  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southeast, possibly scattered; most likely in Ongtusik Qazaqstan, Zhambyl, Amaty, and Shyghys Qazaqstan regions.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Kazakhstan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 41  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southeast, possibly scattered; most likely in Ongtusik Qazaqstan, Zhambyl, Amaty, and Shyghys Qazaqstan regions..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Tajik
Language Code tgk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Russian
Primary Language Tajik
Language Code tgk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Russian
People Groups Speaking Tajik

Primary Language:  Tajik

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1983)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1992-2017)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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 Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
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 Tajiki
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 Fifth Namaz
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Хушхабар
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
0.40 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
94.60 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
1.0 %
Orthodox
86.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
Protestant
11.0 %
Roman Catholic
1.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source JoshuaProject  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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