Turk in Albania


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Introduction / History

The Ottoman Turks ruled the Balkan nation of Albania from 1480 to 1912. During that time, Turkish officials and military personnel moved to Albania to conduct affairs for the empire. The descendants of these administrators are the Turks currently living in Albania. They continue to follow Islam, the religion of their ancestors. Many are devotees of the Sufi dervish sect. The Sufis are the mystical branch of Islam whose goal is to become one with Allah through meditation and dancing. From 1945 to 1991 all religion was strongly suppressed in Albania by the communist government. Many Muslims stopped practicing Islam due to fear of persecution and their atheist education. Since 1991 and the fall of communism, there has been a revival of Muslim rituals and practice.

Today the Turks in Albania work in agriculture, as craftsmen and in trade. Albania is the only majority Muslim nation in Europe with 58% of the population claiming to be Muslim. The Muslims whose primary language is Rumelian Turkish distinguish them as Albanian Turks.


Where Are they Located?

As their name suggests, these Turkish people live in Albania.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Albania is one of the poorest nations in Europe. Still, the Turks living there are better off financially than many groups of Turks who live in Turkey and Central Asia. Sometimes these Turks are Muslim by custom only and lack the zeal of many followers of Islam.

Most families consist of a married couple and children. Although Islam allows a man to have up to four wives, monogamy is the general custom. Extended families tend to live near their relatives in villages. Parents arrange marriages although Albanian Turks are becoming more and more like Westerners.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Turks in Albania are Sunni and Sufi Muslims. Islam is a major world religion that is based on five essential duties or "pillars": (1) A Muslim must affirm that "there is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet." (2) Five times a day he must pray while facing Mecca. (3) He must give an obligatory percentage (very similar to tithes) on an annual basis. (4) He must fast during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year. (5) He must try to make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca in his lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited to drink alcohol, eat pork, gamble, steal, use deceit, slander, and make idols. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.


What Are Their Needs?

The Turks in Albania need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need to see biblical Christianity displayed in practical ways. The Turks must see that the Isa of the Qur'an is not the Jesus of the New Testament.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Turk in Albania.

* Pray that the tiny number of believers among the Albanian Turks might grow.
* Pray for Albanian Turkish families and communities to discover and embrace the free gift of life found by trusting Christ and his finished work.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through those ministering to the Albanian Turkish people.


References

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsKx3UeBVfc
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turks_in_the_Balkans
https://www.quora.com/What-do-Albanians-think-of-Turks
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania_under_the_Ottoman_Empire
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turco-Albanians


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Turk
People Name in Country Turk
World Population 60,387,000
Total Countries 68
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Anatolian, Baharlu Turk, Masakhastian, Meskhetian Turk, Osmanli, Ottomon Turk, Rumelian Turk, Urum, तुर्क
People ID 18274
ROP3 Code 113818
Country Albania
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Albania
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Turkish (1,700 speakers)
Language Code tur   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Turkish (1,700 speakers)
Language Code tur   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Turkish

Primary Language:  Turkish

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1782-1985)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2006)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Bir Ibadet Toplantisi (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Turkish
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video More Than Dreams-Ali (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Four Spiritual Laws
General GoodSeed
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Turkish, Kutsal Kitap Yeni Ceviri
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
97.00 %
Non-Religious
2.99 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Garry Knight  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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