Tatar in United States

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Introduction / History

The name Tatar means "archer." Tatar are a group of Turkic people with sizable colonies in virtually every republic of the former Soviet Union. Although most of them live around the Volga region, others inhabit Azerbaijan, Byelorussia, the Ukraine, and the Central Asian republics. There is also a small Tatar community in the United States. The Tatar speak a language that is also called Tatar, though a high percentage of them are also fluent in Russian. The physical appearance of the Tatar varies from blue-eyed blondes to Mongoloid features. In general, they have oval faces with little facial hair. The Tatar have had a strong civilization since the tenth century. It survived the Mongol invasion of the thirteenth century and the Russian conquest of the sixteenth century. In the 1800s, Tatar cities ranked among the greatest cultural centers of the Islamic world.

Where Are they Located?

There are so few Tatars in the U. S. that they do not have their own cultural and ethnic associations that are common with immigrant groups.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Being small in number, they are most likely to merge with other Muslims ethnic groups or blend in with Russian speakers or the American majority. Most likely, however, they will retain their Islamic religion.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Many Tatar will identify themselves as Muslims before they will identify themselves as Tatar. Unlike devout Muslims, however, some Tatar will eat pork, and very few observe the prescribed Islamic fasts. Unfortunately, the Tatar's view of Christianity has been scarred by the Russian Orthodox church and its attempts to convert them through force. During the 1600s and 1800s, their mosques were frequently burned. The few who were "converted" by these measures returned to their Islamic faith when oppression ended.

What Are Their Needs?

Christian laborers are needed to live and work among the Tatars in the United States. The Tatar Bible translation was completed in 2016. The JESUS Film and GRN audio resources are also available. Who will get them to Tatar people in the United States?

Prayer Points

Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Tatar to be seed churches for many more. Pray for workers to go to the Tatar people in the United States, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior. Ask the lord to break down the barriers of pride and religion, helping Tatar people to see that Jesus is the only way to God. Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that results in thousands of new Tatar believers who will share their faith with others.

Scripture Prayers for the Tatar in United States.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tatar
People Name in Country Tatar
Pronunciation TAH-tar
Population this Country 11,000
Population all Countries 6,370,000
Total Countries 22
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Dada; Dadan; Kazan Tatar; Lipka; Tartar; Tata'er; Totoriai; Tura; Turkish Tatar
People ID 15284
ROP3 Code 109874
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Tatar (11,000 speakers)
Language Code tat   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tatar (11,000 speakers)
Language Code tat   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tatar

Primary Language:  Tatar

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1864-2007)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-2005)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2015-2018)
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
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tatar
Film / Video Korban
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Tatar
Text / Printed Matter IBT Russia - resources
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
100.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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