Tajik in Uzbekistan


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Introduction / History

The Tajiks of Central Asia are the oldest surviving people group in that region. Their homeland, Tajikistan, is the mountainous center of Asia, surrounded by the Asian republics of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Tajikistan includes the Pamir Mountains, which reach altitudes of nearly 25,000 feet. Most of the people live in the parallel valleys below.

The Tajiks have repeatedly been invaded and conquered throughout their history. The armies of Alexander the Great, the Arabs in the seventh century, the Mongols, the Turks, the British, and the Russian empire have all had a profound impact on these people. The numerous invasions have been the major factor in the dispersion of Tajiks to other locations. Many Tajiks have crossed into Afghanistan and are still surrounded by war, ethnic violence, religious tension, and harsh living conditions.

After the breakup of the USSR, Tajikistan still suffered through years of a civil war which ended in 1997. Tens of thousands were killed and thousands of wives widowed. The economy collapsed, and unemployment was extremely high, up to 70% in some rural areas. Many have gone to other nearby countries like Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to start anew.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They live in tight-knit communities and are a very hospitable people whether they are in their own country of Tajikistan or in neighboring Uzbekistan.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Tajiks in Uzbekistan are Sunni Muslims, although some are Shia, and there is a strong non-religious minority. They have remained closed to the gospel.


What Are Their Needs?

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

Pray for the Holy Spirit to thrust out loving workers to the Tajiks.

Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Tajiks in Uzbekistan.

Pray that many among these hospitable people will become persons of peace to pave the way for Christ's ambassadors to take the Lord's blessings to them.

Pray for a movement of Tajik households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Tajik in Uzbekistan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

The Tajiks of Central Asia
Source:  Asia Harvest      Download

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-11-20
Tajiks profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Tajik
People Name in Country Tajik
Pronunciation TAH-jeek
Population this Country 1,731,000
Population all Countries 10,431,000
Total Countries 19
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 35
Alternate Names Tadzhik; Tadzhiki; ताजिक
People ID 15201
ROP3 Code 109733
Country Uzbekistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Qashqadaryo, Surxondaryo, Buxoro, Samarqand, Farg ona, and Navoiy regions; several separate enclaves.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Uzbekistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Qashqadaryo, Surxondaryo, Buxoro, Samarqand, Farg ona, and Navoiy regions; several separate enclaves..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Tajik (1,731,000 speakers)
Language Code tgk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tajik (1,731,000 speakers)
Language Code tgk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tajik

Primary Language:  Tajik

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1983)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1992-2016)
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 Source
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 God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tajiki Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Fifth Namaz Create International
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version Super Bible / Comic Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Tajik YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language eBible.org
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.07 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
94.90 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
1.0 %
Orthodox
88.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
1.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more