Yazgul in Tajikistan

Joshua Project has identified the Yazgul only in Tajikistan
Population
13,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Yazgul is more of a language than an ethnic group. It has two dialects, one for those who live in the mountains, and another for those who live at lower elevations. Most people who speak this language also speak Tajik, the national language of Tajikistan.


Where Are they Located?

Yazgul speakers like in Tajikistan's Khation Province, and Gorno-Badakshan Province.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though the two Yazgul speaking groups (higher and lower elevations) are both agricultural, they grow different crops. Those in the lower elevations are more likely to have orchards, while those in the mountains must depend more heavily on livestock. Both groups also send hand crafts.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by Yazgul speakers is Shi'ite Islam, one of two major denominations of Islam. They live among mainly Sunni Muslims. There is often hostility between the two sectors of Islam.


What Are Their Needs?

Many of these people (especially those who live in the mountains) are isolated from any gospel witness.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Yazgul speakers will be able to access gospel recordings and Bible portions.
* Pray for the Lord to send out someone to take Christ to the Yazgul speakers.
* Pray for a strong disciple making movement to emerge among these Muslims.


References

http://www.nativeplanet.org/indigenous/ethnicdiversity/asia/tajikistan/indigenous_data_tajikistan_yazgulyam.shtml
http://www.eki.ee/books/redbook/yazgulamis.shtml
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yazghulami_language
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=24519


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Yazgul
People Name in Country Yazgul
Population in Tajikistan 13,000
World Population 13,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Yazgulam
People ID 16013
ROP3 Code 111016
Country Tajikistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kuhistoni Badakhshon province, Yazgulyam river valley, Motravn, Shavud, Budun, Vishkharv, Andarbag, Zhamag, Zaich, and Ubaghn; Kuybishev area; Dushanbe area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Tajikistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kuhistoni Badakhshon province, Yazgulyam river valley, Motravn, Shavud, Budun, Vishkharv, Andarbag, Zhamag, Zaich, and Ubaghn; Kuybishev area; Dushanbe area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Yazgulyam (13,000 speakers)
Language Code yah   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Yazgulyam
Primary Language Yazgulyam (13,000 speakers)
Language Code yah   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Yazgulyam

Primary Language:  Yazgulyam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (2001)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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)
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
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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