Uyghur in Canada


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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.


Scripture Prayers for the Uyghur in Canada.


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
Pronunciation WEE-gur
Alternate Names Huihe; Kashgar; Kashgar Turki; Kashgar-Yarkand; Taranchi; Uigher; Uighuir; Uighur; Uiguir; Uigur; Uygher; Weiwuer; Yuanhe; उयघुर
Population this Country 2,100
Population all Countries 12,317,000
Total Countries 17
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 15755
ROP3 Code 110469
ROP25 Code 308518
ROP25 Name Uyghur
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Canada
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 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 %
Primary Language Uyghur (2,100 speakers)
Language Code uig   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Uyghur (2,100 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 Yes  (1950-2022)
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
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Forum Bible Agencies
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Audio Recordings Xush Hewer Uyghur audio Bible General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Uyghur Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Uyghur YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Uyghur YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language eBible.org
Text / Printed Matter Uyghurche Muqeddes Kitab Jemiyiti General / Other
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Profile Source Keith Carey 
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