Azeris in Canada


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

Most of the Azerbaijanis in Canada live in Toronto. There have been five waves of Azerbaijanis going to Canada, and the first wave was in the 1930s. Traditionally Canada has been willing to take refugees from dangerous parts of the world, and most Azerbaijanis have fled to Canada because of political instability or war such as the Iranian Revolution in 1979 or the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia from 1988-92.

Being small in number, the Azerbaijanis have needed to blend into the ways of Canada, yet they do not forget their own unique culture. Azerbaijanis speak a language that is Turkic, but unlike most other Turkic peoples, they are Shi'ite, not Sunni Muslims. Every year they hold the Novruz Bayrami festival, a a celebration of both the coming of spring and the new year. They celebrate with their own music, dance, and food.


Ministry Obstacles

Christians often are fearful of Muslims, even in countries such as Canada. Love casts out all fear.


Outreach Ideas

Azerbaijanis have entered Canada at different times, which means that the degree they are acculturated is different for different generations. Those who take the gospel to them need to emphasize the centrality of Christ, then focus on Him becoming our identity.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are only about 50 Azerbaijanis in Canada who follow Jesus. Pray that they will stay connected with their community and be salt and light to their Shi'ite Muslim neighbors and family members.


Pray for the Entire People Group

* Pray for a Christ-ward movement among Azerbaijanis that will result in fellowships of believers in Azerbaijan and Iran.


Scripture Prayers for the Azerbaijani in Canada.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk
People Name in Country Azerbaijani
Natural Name Azeris
World Population 17,452,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Afshar; Shachsewenen; South Azerbaijani
People ID 18859
ROP3 Code 100677
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Azerbaijani, South (2,100 speakers)
Language Code azb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Azerbaijani, South (2,100 speakers)
Language Code azb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Azerbaijani, South

Primary Language:  Azerbaijani, South

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes
Bible-Complete Yes  (2013)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Network of Azerbaijani Partnerships
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Azerbaijani, South
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Azeri Scripture Resources
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Iranian Azeri Bible
Text / Printed Matter Multi-Language Media
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
Unknown
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.30 %
Ethnic Religions
Unknown
Hinduism
Unknown
Islam
99.70 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Travlr 
Map Source Qamxan  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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