Turk in Qatar


Population
4,100
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Turks originated in Turan, a region that lies between the Caspian Sea and the Mongolian Desert. They arrived in Anatolia, Turkey (Asia Minor) in the 11th century as conquering warriors. By the year 1299, the Turkish dominated Ottoman Dynasty began ruling over what would become a vast empire, greater in area than the Roman Empire. It was the last Caliphate, an Islamic political state. Today Muslim militants lament its downfall. Over 20 nation states that you can name in today’s world were once under Ottoman rule.

The Ottoman Empire was a great counter-balance to British control in the Persian Gulf region in the late 1800s. While the British were establishing power in nearby Kuwait, the Ottomans send troops to Qatar to suppress a local ruler. They kept their military forces in Qatar until the Ottoman Empire collapsed, which indirectly allowed Qatar to become an independent nation even after the Turkish Ottomans left. This situation has not been forgotten, and Turkey has maintained warm relations with Qatar ever since. Turks are welcome in Qatar.


Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of the Turks live in Turkey, but many have migrated to other parts of the world, mostly in Europe and the Middle East. A small number of them live in Qatar, an oil-rich peninsular nation that jets out into the Persian Gulf.


What Are Their Lives Like?

When jobs began to dry up for Turks working in Germany during the 1970s, many began to migrate to Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Qatar for work. The Turkish government supported their migration via Turkish construction companies. Though many of the Turks in Qatar are in the construction industry, there will be another group of Turks there as well: military personnel. Qatar is the location of a Turkish military base.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all the Turks in Qatar are Sunni Muslims, though they differ somewhat from their Arab hosts. Turks tend to be more moderate in their form of Islam, and some are secular for all practical purposes. Still, Turks would consider it to be an outrage for any of their people to “convert” to Christianity.


What Are Their Needs?

Turks in Qatar are solidly Muslim, and they do not know how badly they need a savior. They believe that living a good life and following the teachings of Mohammed will be enough to gain favor of Allah on the Final Day.


Prayer Points

* Pray that churches and mission organizations will accept the challenge of adopting and reaching the Turks in Qatar.
* Ask God to give the Turkish believers boldness to share the gospel with their own people no matter where they live.
* Ask the Lord to save key leaders among the Turks in Qatar who will boldly declare the gospel.
* Pray for discipleship-based Bible studies to arise among Turks in Qatar that will spread to other communities.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18274/QA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turks_in_Qatar
http://www.qatar-tribune.com/news-details/id/13984
http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160201/1034026548/turkey-qatar-military-base.html
http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/turkeys-new-base-in-qatar
http://dohanews.co/five-things-to-know-about-the-turkish-presidents-visit-to-qatar/
https://www.internations.org/qatar-expats/turkish
http://www.lifeinqatar.com/Pages/en/article/living/making-friends-in-qatar-socialising.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Turk
People Name in Country Turk
Population in Qatar 4,100
World Population 59,170,800
Total Countries 70
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Anatolian, Baharlu Turk, Masakhastian, Meskhetian Turk, Osmanli, Ottomon Turk, Rumelian Turk, Urum, तुर्क
People ID 18274
ROP3 Code 113818
Country Qatar
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 20  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Qatar
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 20  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Turkish (4,100 speakers)
Language Code tur   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Turkish
Primary Language Turkish (4,100 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)
New Testament Yes   (1819-1993)
Complete Bible Yes   (1827-2006)
Audio Bible Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
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 Fathers 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 Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General GoodSeed
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Turkish, Kutsal Kitap Yeni Ceviri
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
Photo Source Garry Knight   Creative Commons   Used with permission
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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