Turk in Sudan

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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 states fell under Ottoman rule. During the days of the Ottoman Empire, ports in what is now Sudan were controlled by the Ottomans. Thus Turkey and Sudan have ties that go back for over 500 years.

Since the 1920s modern Turkey has become a secular, developed nation that sits, literally and symbolically, between the Christian West and the Muslim world. Wherever they live the Turks are almost 100 percent Muslim, but they emulate the Europeans by developing international businesses. These businesses have left their mark even in places like Sudan.

Where Are they Located?

The majority of Turks live in their home country but significant numbers live elsewhere. Though it is common for Turks to migrate to Europe, there are some who have found their way to Sudan in far-away East Africa.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Turks living in Sudan are usually working for Turkish-based companies or for relief agencies like the Red Crescent. One Turkish company is working with the Sudanese to re-build the ancient city of Suakin. The project is employing both Turks and Sudanese Arabs. They hope that the project will help strengthen Sudan's tourist industry.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Turks are Muslim, but they are not likely to fall prey to the extremist forms of Islam. One of the reasons is that they associate Islamic extremism and violence with their rivals, the Arabs. Hundreds of years ago the Ottoman Empire replaced an Arab based empire, and ever since then many Turks have felt like they are part of a superior civilization. The Turkish form of Islam can also be blended with secularism.

What Are Their Needs?

Turks in Sudan need security. Sudan is a dangerous country for foreigners.

Prayer Points

* Pray that churches and mission organizations will accept the challenge of adopting and reaching the Turks in Sudan.
* Ask God to give the Turkish believers boldness to share the gospel with their own people.
* Ask the Lord to save key leaders among the Turks in Sudan who will boldly declare the gospel.
* Pray for discipleship-based Bible studies to arise among Turks in Sudan.


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Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Turk
People Name in Country Turk
Population in Sudan 3,400
World Population 59,423,400
Total Countries 70
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
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 Sudan
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Sudan
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Turkish (3,400 speakers)
Language Code tur   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Turkish
Primary Language Turkish (3,400 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 National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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 Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General GoodSeed
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Turkish, Kutsal Kitap Yeni Ceviri
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Garry Knight  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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