Arab, Uzbeki in Uzbekistan


Population
1,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

In the 700s and 800s, Arabs were fanning out over a large part of North Africa and Central Asia to conquer and to spread the Islamic religion. Through the next couple hundred years, more Arabs settled in what is now Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Sometimes they came as nomads, other times they came as soldiers. Arabs were the dominant people group in Central Asia, so Arabic was the language of science and culture. As time went on, Uzbeki Arabs became isolated from the Arab World. Up until the early 20th century when the USSR took over the region, Uzbeki Arab speakers raised crops and livestock, while remaining true to Islam through religious education.


Where Are they Located?

Jogari is the name of a key village in Uzbekistan where Uzbeki Arabs live. Others live in Burkhara, Qashqadarya, and Surkhandarya.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In order to remain a separate people, Uzbeki Arabs do not intermarry with the local population. They may remain separate, but they are few in numbers, both in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Today most of these descendants of the Arabs speak the local language rather than Arabic. There are some who speak a language we call Uzbeki Arabic which is an Arabic dialect which has structural elements from Tajik, a Central Asian language. They usually live at peace with the Central Asian peoples around them. These people look much like Central Asians in their dress and physical characteristics.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Like their ancestors, Uzbeki Arabs are Sunni Muslims. Every Friday the men go to the mosque to pray. Then then have a meal prepared in the mosque. Women must pray at home.


What Are Their Needs?

Uzbeki Arab speakers need to put their identity in the person of Jesus Christ rather than in their ethnic or linguistic identity.


Prayer Points

* Pray that despite their linguistic isolation that these people will have the chance to respond to the person of Jesus Christ.
* Pray for spiritual openness that will lead them to the One who paid for the sins of all mankind.
* Pray for the Lord to send His servants to take the gospel to Uzbeki Arabic speaker.


References

http://www.forumbiodiversity.com/showthread.php/26587-Uzbek-Arabs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P84cU8iU4P8
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Asian_Arabic


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Arab, Uzbeki
People Name in Country Arab, Uzbeki
Population in Uzbekistan 1,000
World Population 16,600
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Central Asian Arab
People ID 15757
ROP3 Code 110474
Country Uzbekistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 16  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Navoiy, Qashqadaryo, and Buxoro regions; Samarkand region, middle and lower Zerafshan valley, a few in Katta-Kurgan town; small villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Uzbekistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 16  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Navoiy, Qashqadaryo, and Buxoro regions; Samarkand region, middle and lower Zerafshan valley, a few in Katta-Kurgan town; small villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Arabic, Uzbeki Spoken (1,000 speakers)
Language Code auz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Uzbeki Spoken
Primary Language Arabic, Uzbeki Spoken (1,000 speakers)
Language Code auz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Uzbeki Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Uzbeki Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
0.60 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.40 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
40.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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