Uyghur in Canada


Population
800
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Before 1921 the various Turkic groups in Xinjiang called themselves by the name of the oasis near which they lived. When Turkic leaders met in Tashkent in 1921, they chose the name Uygur as the mark of their identity. Uygur means "unity" or "alliance."

Uygur is a Turkic language, related to Uzbek, Kazak, and Kirgiz. It also contains loanwords from Chinese, Arabic, Persian, Russian, and Mongolian.

In the mid-eighth century the Uygurs inhabited part of present-day Mongolia. Around AD 840 they were attacked from the north by the Kirgiz and fled southwest to their current homeland in what is now China's Xinjiang Province.

Xinjiang is the border between the Chinese and the Turkic worlds. It is part of China, but the Uygur people are Turkic in their looks, their religion, and their culture. Many want to break away from China, causing violent clashes between the powerful Chinese government and Uygur separatists. As a result, some have left their homeland.


Where Are they Located?

Most the Uygurs live in China, but many live in neighboring Central Asian countries like Kazakhstan and Turkey. There is a small number in Canada.


What Are Their Lives Like?

It was reported in the news in 2016 that a Uygur living in Canada was imprisoned by the Chinese government. Uygurs in Canada say that the Chinese government is trying to infiltrate and intimidate their community.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Uygurs follow a folk Islam mixed with superstition. Today, although almost all Uygurs confess to be Muslims, few are aware of the time in history when the majority of Uygurs were Christians.


What Are Their Needs?

Uygurs need to put their identity in Christ, not in anything less. They have the chance to hear the gospel in Canada where there are fewer Uygur believers than there are in China.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Uygurs in Canada will surrender their hearts and minds to the Risen Christ.
* Pray for Canadian believers to reach out to the Uygurs among them.
* Pray for a strong disciple making movement among Uygurs in Canada that will affect other Muslim peoples in that country.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15755/CA
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15755/CH
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/uyghur-canadians-say-chinese-officials-detained-blackmailed-them/article24056142/
http://www.uyghurcanadiansociety.org/
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/uighurs/
http://globalnews.ca/news/2494415/china-reduces-sentences-for-11-uighurs-including-canadian/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uyghurs


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Uyghur
People Name in Country Uyghur
Population in Canada 800
World Population 11,900,200
Total Countries 14
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Huihe, Kashgar, Kashgar Turki, Kashgar-Yarkand, Taranchi, Uigher, Uighuir, Uighur, Uiguir, Uigur, Uygher, Weiwuer, Yuanhe
People ID 15755
ROP3 Code 110469
Country Canada
Region North America and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Canada
Region North America and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Uyghur (800 speakers)
Language Code uig   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Uyghur
Primary Language Uyghur (800 speakers)
Language Code uig   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Uyghur

Primary Language:  Uyghur

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1898-1995)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1914-2005)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Xush Hewer Uyghur audio Bible
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Uyghur
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video The Korban Provision (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ھازىرقى زامام ئۇيغۇرچە تەرجىمىسى
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ھازىرقى زامام ئۇيغۇرچە تەرجىمىسى
Text / Printed Matter Muqeddes Kitab
Text / Printed Matter Uyghurche Muqeddes Kitab Jemiyiti
Primary Religion: Islam
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
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
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