Southern Uzbek in United States

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Introduction / History

The Uzbeks are a Central Asian people who speak a Turkic based language. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, some Southern Uzbeks have migrated to the USA. About half of the Uzbeks who live in the US live in New York City. They are few in number.

The vast majority of Southern Uzbeks live Afghanistan. Afghanistan has been at constant war since 1980. Uzbeks earn far more in the USA than they did in Central Asia. There is a complicated "lottery" system for people from Uzbekistan and other countries that are largely not represented in the USA.

In their homeland, most Southern Uzbeks take care of animals and practice agriculture. They have to find new types of employment in the USA.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Southern Uzbeks face huge changes upon arriving in the USA. They must adapt to a modern industrial society. Southern Uzbek children have a brighter future in the USA than they would in Central Asia. Most newly arrived Southern Uzbeks work in modest jobs as taxi drivers, as security guards and in restaurants. Once they get proficient in English, they find better paying jobs. Uzbek parents dream that their children will graduate from universities and enter professions such as medicine, science, finance, and law.

Children quickly learn English and become like other American young people in their language, culture and manners. Uzbek parents desire that their children retain their language and Islamic culture. Young Uzbeks in the USA frequently marry others outside of their culture and religion.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all Southern Uzbeks are Muslims. In Afghanistan being a Southern Uzbek is to be a Muslim. In the USA Uzbeks are free to attend or attend mosque on Fridays. Many Uzbeks become Muslim in name only. This applies to young people who come to the USA and become secular after attending American public schools.

Only a tiny fraction of the Southern Uzbeks in the USA claims to be Christians.

What Are Their Needs?

The Uzbeks have not been in the US for long. Most of them were born in Uzbekistan. They are eager to find people who will teach them English, leaving the door wide open for Christian English teachers. They also need help in finding employment and a place to live. Most of all, the Southern Uzbeks need to hear the good news of Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to reveal Himself to the Southern Uzbeks in ways they will understand.

Pray for a discipleship making movement in the US that will penetrate Uzbek communities both in the US and in Central Asia.

Pray that Southern Uzbeks would be open to the gospel and spiritual things.

Pray that they would begin to read the Bible and investigate the claims of Jesus Christ.

Ask the Lord to move churches and individual believers to share the gospel with the Southern Uzbeks in the USA.

Scripture Prayers for the Uzbek, Southern in United States.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Uzbek, Southern
People Name in Country Uzbek, Southern
Natural Name Southern Uzbek
Pronunciation OOZ-bek
Alternate Names Afghan Uzbek; Southern Uzbek; Uzbak; Uzbek
Population this Country 29,000
Population all Countries 4,874,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 15756
ROP3 Code 110472
ROP25 Code 308519
ROP25 Name Uzbek
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country New York (Brooklyn)   Source:  Global Gates 2022
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country New York (Brooklyn).   Source:  Global Gates 2022

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
0.40 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.60 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Uzbek, Southern (29,000 speakers)
Language Code uzs   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Uzbek, Southern (29,000 speakers)
Language Code uzs   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Uzbek, Southern

Primary Language:  Uzbek, Southern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2004-2006)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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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 Oral Bible stories Story Runners
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Uzbek, Southern Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel tract General / Other
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah Al Massira
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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